Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews announced yesterday that he will return to school for his senior year and put his NFL dreams on hold for one more season.
While it didn’t make headlines on ESPN, Matthews name may soon be more nationally recognized.
Matthews, the South Eastern Conference’s receptions leader in 2012, already ranks among the best receivers in Vanderbilt history. With a strong 2013 campaign, Matthews could end his collegiate career as one of the best receivers in conference history.
He has amassed 150 receptions, 2,282 receiving yards & 17 receiving touchdowns in his career. In 2012, he finished with 94 receptions - tied for 2nd most in a single season in SEC history - 1,323 yards, 5th most in conference history, and 8 receiving touchdowns. He’s on pace to end his career at the top of the all-time leader in receptions and yards.
The only thing that could prevent Matthews from reaching the top of the statistical ladder is the future of the quarterback position. His QB for the last season and a half, Jordan Rogers, is out of eligibility. Redshirt freshman Patton Robinette and senior signal-caller Austyn Carta-Samules will compete for the starting job. Robinette has never thrown a pass in college while Carta-Samules has only thrown 25 passes against SEC defenses.
Still, if Matthews’ posts 80-percent of the numbers he had in 2012 he will be atop the Conference record book.
Here’s a look:
The all-time receptions leader in conference history, Earl Bennett, is a familiar name for Commodore fans. He hauled in 236 passes in just three seasons at Vanderbilt. Matthews needs 87 to pass Bennett.
The conference’s yardage leader, former Georgia wide out Terrence Edwards' (a surprising name) total of 3,093 yards is very reachable. Matthews needs to average 67.6 yards per game to pass Edwards. Matthews averaged 101.8 yards per game in 2012 while seeing limited action in a couple of contests.
(Photo: September 16, 2011 - Source: Grant Halverson/Getty Images North America)