Matthews named to Athlons' First Team All-America squad
Dec. 13, 2013
Record-breaking Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews has been named as a First Team All-America by Athlons, the highly respected college football magazine.
Matthews, who established new Southeastern Conference career records with 257 receptions and 3,616 receiving yards during a sensational senior campaign, also was among four Commodores named to Athlon's All-SEC teams on Dec. 13.
In addition to Matthews, Athlons named senior safety Kenny Ladler to its First Team All-SEC defense, and listed two other Vanderbilt seniors – offensive tackle Wesley Johnson and cornerback Andre Hal – to its second team All-SEC units.
The Athlons' honor is Matthews' second postseason recognition as a First Team All-America. Earlier this week, USA Today included the product of Madison, Ala. on its 11-member All-America offensive unit.
Matthews, Ladler, Johnson and Hal have received the most postseason accolades from an 8-4 Vanderbilt squad that finished the regular season with four consecutive wins and is set to face Houston in the 8th Annual BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 4 in Birmingham. All four were named to All-SEC teams announced this week by the Associated Press and 14 league head coaches.
A fifth Commodore, redshirt freshman offensive tackle Andrew Jelks, was named to the Coaches' SEC All-Freshmen Team on Wednesday.
Matthews will end his career as the most prolific receiver in SEC history. He enters the BBVA Compass Bowl with numerous SEC and team receiving yards. This season, he has established a new SEC mark with 107 receptions and set a new Vanderbilt standard with 1,334 receiving yards. Matthews ranks as the NCAA's active leader in career receiving yards. He ranks third in the NCAA in career catches.