Coming into the game with the Vols last night Knoxville Jordan Matthews needed 4 catches to become the all time receptions leader in the Southeastern Conference. Former Commodore Earl Bennett broke the record in 2007 with 236 and has held it since. Matthews finished the game with 13 catches for 133 yards to take it away from him. Now with the record set at 246 you can look for senior receiver to pad it some with a game against Wake Forest and a bowl opponent before he is done.
Matthews spoke about the achievement and his relationship with Bennett in the postgame press conference;
“I’m not going to lie. I’m not going to act like this isn’t a big day for me. Coming to Vanderbilt, I didn’t have him here, but I always looked up to him. He was the best as far as I was concerned. I knew if I ever wanted to be the best, I had to go at the best. A couple of years ago when he hit me up, he told me, ‘You can be great. Stay focused. You can go catch what I did. And you can beat it.’ And I believed that and I sought that out and I was able to do that today with the help of my teammates. It’s a very exciting moment for me and my family.”
Matthews passed former Georgia wide receiver Terrence Edwards for the SEC career yardage mark last month against Texas A&M and is poised to break the all-time Commodore single season reception record that Keith Edwards set in 1983 with one more catch next week.
It’s thought that Matthews will be a first round draft pick in the NFL Draft next April and will begin preperations for the NFL Combine at the end of the season.