Matthews named as CBSSports.com First Team Midseason All-America
Oct. 16, 2013
CBSSports.com has named Vanderbilt senior receiver Jordan Matthews to its Midseason College Football All-America Team.
Matthews, from Madison, Ala., becomes the first Commodore ever named as a First Team All-America in the midseason ballot by writers and staff of CBSSports.com.
Matthews, quickly shooting up Southeastern Conference and Vanderbilt all-time receiving charts, is joined by Mike Evans of Texas A&M and Brandin Cooks of Oregon State as first team recipients.
Matthews, a CBSSports.com Third Team All-America pick as a junior in 2012, is among the leading candidates for the postseason Biletnikoff Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top receiver.
Entering the Georgia game this Saturday, Matthews leads the SEC with 47 catches (7.8 per game) and ranks second with 709 receiving yards (118.2-yards per game). He also has five touchdown catches.
Throughout his career, Matthews has been superb as the best competition. In his last 15 games against SEC teams, Matthews is averaging 120.6 receiving yards and has 10 touchdown receptions. Matthews also is averaging 135.7 receiving yards in three conference games as a senior.
Matthews is nearing two important SEC career records for receivers. He needs 103 receiving yards to become the league's all-time leader. He also needs 40 catches to surpass Earl Bennett's Vanderbilt and SEC record of 236 career catches.
The senior holds numerous Vanderbilt records, including 22 career touchdown catches, 2,991 career receiving yards, 1,323 receiving yards in a season, 15 career games of 100+receiving yards and seven games of 100+receiving yards in a single season.
Matthews also could rewrite his own team records. If he continues his current pace through a 13-game season, Matthews will set new single-season team records of 101 receptions and 1,536 yards.