One significant conference record is his.
Now Jordan Matthews can set his sights on the school record book and, as it turns out, a couple more SEC marks. At his current pace he will get there.
Vanderbilt’s senior wide receiver became the SEC’s all-time leader in career receiving yards during Saturday’s 56-24 loss at Texas A&M. He tied Georgia’s Keith Edwards with his first reception, which went for 13 yards, and raised the standard with his next, which went for 17 yards.
He finished the contest with a game-high 92 yards on eight catches and raised his career total to 3,172.
Matthews leads the SEC with 66 receptions, an average of 8.25 per contest.
At that pace, it will take him a little less than three games to pass Earl Bennett, who played for Vanderbilt from 2005 through 2007, as the conference’s all-time leader in catches. Matthews moved into sole possession of second place with his first reception against A&M.
SEC CAREER RECEPTION LEADERS
1. Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt (2005-07) 236
2. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (2010-13) 216
3. Craig Yeast, Kentucky (1995-98) 208
4. Kenny McKinley, South Carolina (2005-08) 207
5. Terrence Edwards, Georgia (1999-02) 204
Also, if Matthews maintains his average – and assuming the Commodores make it to a bowl game – he will finish the year with 107 catches and will surpass Keith Edwards’ single-season SEC reception record.
SEC SINGLE-SEASON RECEPTION LEADERS
1. Keith Edwards, Vanderbilt (1983) 97
2. Josh Reed, LSU (2001) 94
3. James Whalen, Kentucky (1999) 90
Vanderbilt’s next game Nov. 9 at Florida, which leads the SEC in pass defense at 172.4 yards per game allowed. Then come Kentucky and Tennessee, which are ninth and 10th, respectively, and then Wake Forest, which is seventh in the ACC.