Dec. 17, 2013Vanderbilt's History of All-Americans
Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews was named to All-America teams announced today by SI.com, CBSSports.com and the Associated Press.
Matthews, from Madison (Ala.) Academy, was listed as a Second Team All-America by SI.com and CBSSports.com. A national panel of Associated Press voters selected Matthews as a Third Team All-America.
Offensive tackle Wesley Johnson, the team record holder with 50 consecutive starts and an All-Southeastern Conference pick by both voters and coaches, also earned honorable mention All-America honors from SI.com.
Matthews, the Southeastern Conference's career leader in receptions and receiving yards has been named to five All-America teams. Last week, he was named First Team All-America wide receiver by USA Today and Athlons.
This year, Matthews set a SEC single-season record with 107 catches while establishing a new Vanderbilt mark with 1,334 receiving yards.
With his final appearance in a Vanderbilt uniform coming Jan. 4 in the BBVA Compass Bowl against Houston, Matthews ranks as the SEC's most prolific receiver. He holds several conference career marks, including 257 receptions and 3,616 receiving yards. He has 21 more catches and nearly 500 more receiving yards than the next closest receiver in SEC history. His achievement of 18 games with at least 100 receiving yards also ranks as a league standard.
Matthews has accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl on Jan. 25. The postseason game brings elite collegiate seniors to Mobile for a week of workouts in front of scouts representing every NFL team.
Matthews also becomes the first Vanderbilt player named to the SI.com and AP All-America teams since defensive back D.J. Moore was recognized by both in 2008.
Johnson has enjoyed a sensational career on the Vanderbilt offensive line. A four-year starter at four different line positions, Johnson will start his 51st consecutive game against Houston. His starts total is a Vanderbilt record and will share the active Southeastern Conference high with injured Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.
Matthews and Johnson both earned All-SEC honors last week along with cornerback Andre Hal and safety Kenny Ladler. Andrew Jelks, a first-year offensive tackle starter, also was named to the SEC Coaches' All-Freshman squad.