July 19, 2013
Nashville, Tenn. -
Vanderbilt senior Jordan Matthews has been named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list, given annually to the nation's top player by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Matthews is also on watch lists for the Maxwell (national top player) and Biletnikoff (nation's top wide receiver) awards after a standout junior campaign that set him up to break numerous Southeastern Conference and Vanderbilt records this season a senior. He is coming off the most productive season ever by a Commodore receiver, catching 94 passes for 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns. The 94 receptions is tied for the second-highest single-season total in SEC history behind Keith Edwards' VU record of 97 catches in 1983. Matthews' yardage total broke Boo Mitchell's former team record of 1,213 yards set in 1988 and ranks as the fifth-highest single-season total in conference history.
Matthews enters the season opener August 29 against Ole Miss as a First Team All-SEC member needing 804 receiving yards to break the SEC career record of 3,093 yards accumulated by former Georgia standout Terrence Edwards from 1999-2002.
The Walter Camp Award is the fourth-oldest individual college award with the preseason watch list containing 50 players, including 11 from the SEC. The list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November with the winner announced on SportsCenter on December 12.
Walter Camp is known as "The Father of American football" and first selected an All America team in 1889. He is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to 11 men per side.