Dec. 4, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A day after being named first team All-SEC by a panel of sportwriters, Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews garnered similar recognition from the league's 14 head coaches.
Matthews was one of three Commodore standouts to be selected for the 2012 All-SEC Coaches' Team, which was released Tuesday by the league office. Running back Zac Stacy was named to the second team offense, while redshirt senior Richard Kent was named as the second team All-SEC punter.
Matthews, a second-year starter 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' SEC-record total of 97 catches set in 1983. Matthews also has seven touchdowns.
Matthews ranks second in the SEC in both receptions and receiving yards. He tops all conference receivers in SEC action with a 109.6-yards per game.
Matthews' season totals also rank among the SEC's all-time top ten, even with a final appearance coming in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 31 in Nashville. Matthews' 87 catches is No. 8 all-time in conference history, while his yardage total is No. 9 on the league's all-time charts.
Stacy, a senior from Centreville, Ala., is the only active Commodore to enjoy All-SEC recognition in 2011 and 2012. 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 All-SEC 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.
Kent, a senior from Marietta, Ga., ranks third in the SEC and 11th nationally in punting with an average of 44.8 yards a kick. He was named Co-SEC Specialist of the Week on Oct. 8, for his play at Missouri. For the season, Kent pinned opponents inside their 20 yard line on 19 different occasions with only three touchbacks, while also recording 16 punts of 50 yards or more.
Kent, who started his Vanderbilt career as a walk-on, is the first Commodore punter named in the coaches' All-SEC team since Bill Marinangel earned first team honors in 1996.
On Monday, two other Vanderbilt juniors - cornerback Andre Hal and placekicker Carey Spear - joined Matthews and Stacy on the Associated Press All-SEC team. Offensive lineman Wesley Johnson received honorable mention recognition from the media.
2012 All-SEC Football Team
(*-Ties) (Coaches could not vote for their own players)
TE: Mychal Rivera, Tennessee
OL: Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M; Chance Warmack, Alabama; D.J. Fluker, Alabama; Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Center: Barrett Jones, Alabama
WR: Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas; Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
QB: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB: Mike Gillislee, Florida; Eddie Lacy, Alabama
All-Purpose: Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
TE: Jordan Reed, Florida
OL: Larry Warford, Kentucky; Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State; Chris Burnette, Georgia; Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
Center: T.J. Johnson, South Carolina
WR: Ryan Swope, Texas A&M; Justin Hunter, Tennessee
QB: AJ McCarron, Alabama
RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia; Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt
All-Purpose: Ace Sanders, South Carolina
DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina; Sam Montgomery, LSU; Damontre Moore, Texas A&M; Sharrif Floyd, Florida
LB - Jarvis Jones, Georgia; C.J. Mosley, Alabama; Kevin Minter, LSU
DB - Dee Milliner, Alabama; Matt Elam, Florida; Eric Reid, LSU; Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
DL - DL - Barkevious Mingo, LSU; Sheldon Richardson, Missouri; John Jenkins, Georgia; Corey Lemonier, Auburn
LB - A.J. Johnson, Tennessee; Jon Bostic, Florida; *Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State; *Alec Ogletree, Georgia
DB - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina; Bacarri Rambo, Georgia; Robert Lester, Alabama; Darius Slay, Mississippi State
PK - Caleb Sturgis, Florida
P - Kyle Christy, Florida
RS - Ace Sanders, South Carolina
PK - Drew Alleman, LSU
P - * Dylan Breeding, Arkansas * Richard Kent, Vanderbilt
RS - Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee