Jordan Matthews moved up on all Vanderbilt’s significant career receiving lists Saturday – right to the top in one case.
His 5-yard touchdown catch with 10 minutes to play in the 52-24 victory over Alabama-Birmingham gave him 21 scoring receptions, tied with Dan Stricker (1999-2002). Given that the senior has gotten to the end zone in nine of his last 10 games, it’s not likely to take long for him to break that tie.
"I've said it before, and this isn't just the answer that we've been coached to give, but with Jordan and our team in general, especially with [Matthews], he really doesn't care,” quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels said. “It's going to be back to work. He is the one who always says to me and it helps me a lot as well, ‘You're only as good as your last week.’
“… He accomplished something really special [Saturday] but he knows that it doesn't mean anything unless he comes back next week and plays really well, also.”
Based on what he has done week-to-week this fall, it’s impossible not to think of him as one of the best Vanderbilt receivers ever and one of the best anywhere in the SEC at the moment.
He led all players in either team Saturday with eight receptions for 115 yards and moved to third all-time for the Commodores in receptions and receiving yards.
He is the only player in the conference with four 100-yard receiving games this season. He leads the conference in receptions per game (8.0), is second in receiving yards per game (117.2) and is tied for second in receiving touchdowns (four).
A look at where he currently stands among Vanderbilt’s career receiving leaders:
T1. Dan Stricker (1999-2002) 21
T1. Jordan Matthews (2010- ) 21
T3. Earl Bennett (2005-07) 20
T3. Chuck Scott (1981-84) 20
1. Earl Bennett (2005-07) 236
2. Keith Edwards (1980, 82-83) 200
3. Jordan Matthews (2010- ) 190
4. Boo Mitchell (1985-88) 188
1. Boo Mitchell (1985-88) 2,964
2. Dan Stricker (1999-02) 2,880
3. Jordan Matthews (2010- ) 2,873
4. Earl Bennett (2005-07) 2,852