Dec. 3, 2012
Atlanta, Ga. - Record-setting Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews was named First Team All-Southeastern Conference Monday by the Associated Press, and was one of four Commodores to earn recognition in the sportswriters' ballot.
Matthews was joined by three teammates named Second Team All-SEC by the writers: running back Zac Stacy, cornerback Andre Hal and placekicker Carey Spear. A fifth Commodore standout, offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, was one of eight other SEC players to receive honorable mention recognition.
It marks the first time since 2007 that four Vanderbilt student-athletes have received All-SEC first or second team recognition from the sportswriters. The last time at least five Commodores were named to the AP team was 1984. Matthews also is the first Commodore to earn first team honors since cornerback D.J. Moore in 2008.
More conference individual honors will be announced in the coming days. The league office is expected to release its Coaches' All-SEC ballot Tuesday, then announce individual award winners Wednesday and its SEC All-Freshman squad on Thursday.
Matthews, a junior from Madison, Ala., has established a new team record this season with 1,262 receiving yards. He also has 87 catches on the season, the No. 2 all-time season total behind Keith Edwards' 97 catches during the 1983 season. Matthews also has seven touchdowns.
Matthews ranks second in the SEC behind Arkansas' Cobi Hamilton in both receptions and receiving yards. In conference action, Matthews' 109.6-yards per game average paces all SEC receivers.
Matthews has also been extremely productive in the Commodores' biggest games. Eight of his 10 career 100-yard receiving games, including five this season, have come in SEC competition.
The honor comes on the heels of Matthews being selected as a Third Team All-American on Monday by CBSSports.com.
Stacy, a senior from Centreville, Ala., is the only Commodore to enjoy his second consecutive All-SEC recognition. The team's all-time leading rusher with 3,036 yards and 29 touchdowns, Stacy became the first Commodore to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons when he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in Vanderbilt's regular season-ending win at Wake Forest. He finished the regular season with 1,034 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 182 carries.
Stacy, a second team selection last year, is just the eighth SEC running back to produce back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in the last decade. He is also the 30th back in conference history to surpass 3,000 career rushing yards.
Hal, a first-year starter from Port Allen, La., shared the SEC lead with 13 passes defended. The junior defensive back finished with career highs of 35 solo tackles, 47 total tackles and one fumble recovery.
Hal played a huge role in Vanderbilt's 41-18 victory over Tennessee in late November. He picked off two Tennessee passes in the game, returning both inside the Tennessee 20-yard line for eventual Commodore scores. The performance earned Hal SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Spear put together the best season ever by a Vanderbilt placekicker, displaying both superb accuracy and length. On the season, Spear set team records with 19 field goals and 81 points scored by a kicker.
Among SEC kickers with at least 14 attempts, Spear ranked No. 1 in field goal accuracy, hitting 86.4 percent of his tries. On the season, he was 19-of-22, including 14-of-14 inside 43 yards. In the season finale, he became the first Vanderbilt kicker since 1996 to convert two field goals of 50 yards or more in a single game. The performance helped Spear earn SEC Specialist of the Week for the second time this season.
Johnson, a redshirt junior from Nashville, ranks among the SEC's most versatile offensive linemen. He started at both tackle positions this season, and has started all 37 games of his Commodore career. He received SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after a superb blocking performance in Vanderbilt's shutout win at Kentucky. It marked the third time the SEC has recognized Johnson for weekly honors.
Below is the Associated Press' All-SEC Squad:
WR-- u-Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas, 6-3, 209, Sr.; Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 205, Jr.
OL-- Chance Warmack, Alabama, 6-3, 320, Sr.; Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, 6-6, 310, Jr.; Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, Jr.; Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, 6-4, 320, Jr.
C -- u-Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5, 302, Sr.
TE -- Jordan Reed, Florida, 6-3, 243, Jr.
QB -- u-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 6-1, 200, Fr.
RB -- Todd Gurley, Georgia, 6-1, 218, Fr.; Mike Gillislee, Florida, 5-11, 209, Sr.
K -- Caleb Sturgis, Florida, 5-11, 184, Sr.
All-Purpose -- Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, 6-3, 205, Jr.
Offense - 2nd Team
WR -- Justin Hunter, Tennessee, 6-4, 200, Jr.; Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State, 5-11, 200, Sr.
OL -- D.J. Fluker, Alabama, 6-6, 335, Jr.; Larry Warford, Kentucky, 6-3, 343, Sr.;Antonio Richardson, Tennessee, 6-6, 332, So.; Dallas Thomas, Tennessee, 6-5, 310, Sr.
C -- Travis Swanson, Arkansas 6-5, 305, Jr.
TE -- Mychal Rivera, Tennessee, 6-3, 244, Sr.
QB -- A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 6-4, 210, Jr.
RB -- Eddie Lacy, Alabama, 6-0, 220, Jr.; Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt, 5-9, 210, Sr.
K -- Carey Spear, Vanderbilt, 5-10, 190, Jr.
All-Purpose -- LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State, 5-10, 190, Jr.; Ace Sanders, South Carolina, 5-8, 175, Jr.
Defense - 1st Team
T -- Sharrif Floyd, Florida,6-3, 303, Jr.; Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, 6-4, 295, Jr.
E -- Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 6-6, 256, So.; Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, 6-4, 250, Jr.
LB -- Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6-3, 241, Jr.; C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 232, Jr.; Kevin Minter, LSU, 6-2, 245, Jr.
CB -- Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, 6-2, 185, Sr.; Dee Milliner, Alabama, 6-1, 199, Jr.
S -- Matt Elam, Florida, 5-10, 202, Jr.; Eric Reid, LSU, 6-2, 212, Jr.
P -- Kyle Christy, Florida, 6-2, 199, So.
Defense - 2nd Team
T -- Jesse Williams, Alabama, 6-4, 320, Sr.; John Jenkins, Georgia, 6-3, 358, Sr.; Bennie Logan, LSU, 6-3, 295, Jr.
E -- Sam Montgomery, LSU, 6-5, 260, Jr.
LB -- Alec Ogletree, Georgia, 6-3, 232, Jr.; Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State, 6-3, 230, Sr.; Barkevious Mingo, LSU, 6-5, 240, Jr.; Denzel Nkemdiche, Mississippi, 5-11, 203, Fr.
CB -- Andre Hal, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 184, Jr.; Marcus Robertson, Florida, 6-0, 178, So.
S -- D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr.; Craig Loston, LSU, 6-2, 205, Jr.;Bacarri Rambo, Georgia, 6-0, 210, Sr.
P -- Dylan Breeding, Arkansas, 6-1, 211, Sr.
La'el Collins, L, LSU, 6-5, 321, So.; Josh Dworaczyk, L, LSU, 6-6, 300, Sr.; Wesley Johnson, L, Vanderbilt, 6-5, 285, Jr.; Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina, 6-0, 218, Jr.; Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia, 6-1, 210, Jr.
Robert Lester, S, Alabama, 6-2, 210, Sr.; Chris Smith, E, Arkansas, 6-3, 251, Jr.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
u-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jarvis Jones, Georgia
COACH OF THE YEAR
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M