05/11/2014 - Wide receiver Jordan Matthews, the Eagles' second-round pick, loves to study film. Before he went to the Senior Bowl in January, he watched film of all of the cornerbacks he was going to be going up against in Mobile. Before flying to Philadelphia for his pre-draft visit with the Eagles last month, he watched film of the Eagles' offense so he would be familiar with it when he met with the coaches. Matthews graduated from Vanderbilt in 3 1/2 years with an economics degree. His father is a contracts division manager. His mother is a systems engineer. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 46/9. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 212, 4.44, 2...Cousin of the legendary Jerry Rice, Matthews is a better football player than he is an athlete. He led the SEC with a gaudy 19.0 yards-per-catch average last season with above average speed that is more deceptive than sudden. His size allows offense scheme favorable matchups. Career totals: SEC's all-time leader with 262 receptions and 3,759 receiving yards. Frankly: For what it's worth, Matthews is bigger and faster than cousin Jerry Rice, which helps eliminate the shock value of him catching 201 passes over the last two seasons. Now, if he can manage to hang around the NFL for 19 years perhaps the family comparisons will continue. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver: Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 212, 4.46...Cousin of the legendary Jerry Rice, Matthews is a better football player than he is an athlete. He led the SEC with a gaudy 19.0 yards-per-catch average last season with above average speed that is more deceptive than sudden. His size allows offense scheme favorable matchups. Career totals: SEC's all-time leader with 262 receptions and 3,759 receiving yards.
Frankly: For what it's worth, Matthews is bigger and faster than cousin Jerry Rice, which helps eliminate the shock value of him catching 201 passes over the last two seasons. Now, if he can manage to hang around the NFL for 19 years perhaps the family comparisons will continue. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 48. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 209, 4.55, 2...Cousin of the legendary Jerry Rice, Matthews is a better football player than he is an athlete. He led the SEC with a gaudy 19.0 yards-per-catch average last season with above average speed that is more deceptive than sudden. Good size allows team to find him favorable matchups. Career totals: SEC's all-time leader with 262 receptions and 3,759 receiving yards. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/25/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl, Missed Opportunity: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt - Matthews' production in the SEC speaks for itself but he dropped a handful of passes throughout the week of practice. Even more alarming, he showed little in terms of burst or straight-line speed, struggling to gain separation from opposing cornerbacks. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/20/2014 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, WIDE RECEIVER: Top player: Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt...A very productive target, Matthews is an impressive prospect because of his athleticism, catching radius and determination with the ball in his hands. With a combined 201 receptions the past two seasons, he is a detailed and reliable route runner who takes pride in his finishing ability. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/20/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: SENIOR BOWL WEIGH-IN WINNERS: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt: Considering his success in the SEC, perhaps it isn't surprising that Matthews looked the part of a future high NFL pick. Some of the conference's biggest names weren't nearly as well-built as the Commodores' star receiver, who sported a chiseled 6-2 (and 5/8-inch), 209-pound frame, long arms (32 5/8 inches) and big hands (10?? inches). - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/04/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: When Vanderbilt decided to press the issue downfield this year, WRs Jordan Matthews and Jonathan Krause were nearly unstoppable. For whatever reason maybe the line's difficulties with protection (32 sacks allowed) the Commodores didn't do much of that late in the year. The bottom line is that nobody so much as slowed Matthews (an SEC single-season record 107 catches and 1,334 yards) at any point in the season when the Commodores made an attempt to get him the ball, but the increasingly-conservative offensive staff could shy away from putting the ball up much against a ball-hawking defense. - The Sports Xchange
01/04/2014 - Patton Robinette threw two 50-yard touchdown passes to Jordan Matthews, and Vanderbilt recovered after blowing a 24-point lead to beat Houston 41-24 on Saturday in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Robinette, starting after senior Austyn Carta-Samuels had season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, also had an 8-yard scoring run as Vanderbilt built a 24-0 lead in the first half. After Houston (8-4) pulled even by scoring 24 points in the third quarter, Vanderbilt reclaimed the lead on Brian Kimbrow's 21-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Vanderbilt (9-4) closed the season with five straight wins, adding to third-year coach James Franklin's status as a possible candidate for coaching vacancies, including at Penn State and with the NFL Browns and Redskins. The Commodores played in three straight bowl games under Franklin - a first for the program - and completed their first back-to-back nine-win seasons. Vandy players doused Franklin with a water bucket in the final seconds. Houston gained only 22 yards and had one first down in the first half but rallied with 24 points in the third quarter to pull even. Kenneth Farrow had a 6-yard scoring run and Deontay Greenberry and John O'Korn threw scoring passes to Markeith Ambles. - AP Sports
01/04/2014 - Each team won a half in the BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field on Saturday. More importantly, Vanderbilt's half was a touch better than Houston. The Commodores jumped out to a 24-point lead at halftime, weathered a Houston storm and emerged with a 41-24 victory before a crowd of 42,717. The winning points came on a 21-yard run by Brian Kimbrow with 9:28 remaining. Vanderbilt's first-half domination on defense began from the outset. The Commodores (9-4) whipped Houston (8-5) up front on nearly every play, limiting the Cougars to 22 yards on 30 first half plays. The Commodores sacked Houston quarterbacks four times, allowed only one first down and limited the Cougars to six yards on the ground.
The Commodore defense also had a hand in Vanderbilt's second touchdown, when linebacker Chase Garnham forced quarterback Greg Ward to fumble and Commodore safety Andrew Williamson recovered at the Houston 16-yard line. Robinette gave Vanderbilt a 14-0 lead four plays later with an eight-yard scoring run. The other story of the first half was the performance of Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who had five catches for 143 yards, including two 50-yard touchdown receptions. - The Sports Xchange
12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR - Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt...Matthews becomes the first Commodore wide receiver to earn first team All-SEC honors from the coaches in back-to-back seasons. Former standout Earl Bennett, now a member of the Chicago Bears' receiving corps, was honored with first team recognition as a freshman in 2005 and junior in 2007. Matthews, the only receiver in SEC history to produce back-to-back seasons of at least 90 receptions, has established new school records this year with 1,334 receiving yards and 107 catches. He also holds the team record with 22 career touchdown receptions. - Vanderbilt football
12/10/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: WR - Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 205, Sr.,...Matthews had a record year in his final season with the Black and Gold. The Madison, Ala., native finished the year sitting atop multiple SEC receiving records. Matthews owns the conference marks in career receptions (257), career receiving yards (3,616) and 100+ receiving yard games (18).
The senior wide out also became the first SEC receiver to have more than 100 receptions in a season (107) and set a Vanderbilt single season-record with 1,334 receiving yards. Against SEC opponents this year Matthews was superb, finishing with 74 catches for 904 yards in eight conference games. - Vanderbilt football
12/01/2013 - Carey Spear kicked a 38-yard field goal with 39 seconds left, and Vanderbilt rallied to beat Wake Forest 23-21 Saturday as the Commodores finished with their second straight 8-4 season. The Commodores now have posted consecutive eight-win seasons for the first time since 1927 and 1928 and can only hope their sluggish performance didn't hurt their chances for a bowl game outside of Tennessee. They turned it over twice, and Spear kicked two of his three field goals in the fourth quarter to give them their ninth straight win in November. Wake Forest (4-8) lost its fifth straight.
Vanderbilt struggled coming off a big win over in-state rival Tennessee. Jordan Matthews set another Southeastern Conference mark as the league's first receiver to top 100 catches. His biggest came on the game-winning drive on fourth-and-11 as he hauled in a 25-yarder between two defenders. Wake Forest had one last chance for the win, but defensive end Walker May sacked Tanner Price setting up the final play. Price threw deep to Tyree Harris, a pass broken up by Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladler to seal the win. Vanderbilt held the ball for more than 38 minutes and outgained Wake Forest 403-266 in total offense. The Commodores also led 17-14 at halftime. - AP Sports
11/24/2013 - Jordan Matthews has set the Southeastern Conference record for career receptions. Matthews' 4-yard reception late in the first quarter Saturday against Tennessee gave him 237 career catches to break Earl Bennett's record of 236 receptions for Vanderbilt from 2005-07. Matthews entered the night with 233 career receptions.
Matthews already had set the SEC record for career yards receiving in an Oct. 26 loss to Texas A&M. His record-breaking catch Saturday increased his career yardage total to 3,386. That record was previously held by Terrence Edwards, who accumulated 3,093 yards receiving for Georgia from 1999-2002. Matthews, a 6-foot-3 senior from Madison, Ala., entered Saturday with 83 catches for 1,076 yards and five touchdowns this season. - AP Sports
11/24/2013 - Patton Robinette ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 16 seconds remaining Saturday as Vanderbilt rallied for a 14-10 victory over Tennessee. Vanderbilt's winning drive was kept alive when after Tennessee's fourth-and-inches stop of quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels in the final minute was overturned on replay, giving Vanderbilt a first down at the Tennessee 33. After a 25-yard completion from Carta-Samuels to Jordan Matthews gave Vanderbilt first-and-goal, Carta-Samuels was replaced by the more mobile Robinette on second-and-goal from the 5. Robinette faked a jump pass and ran around the right end for the touchdown.
Vanderbilt (7-4, 4-4 SEC) overcame four turnovers to beat Tennessee for the second straight year, giving the Commodores consecutive victories over their in-state rivals for the first time since winning six straight over the Volunteers from 1920-26. The Vols (4-7, 1-6) fell out of bowl contention and clinched their fourth straight losing season, something that hasn't happened at Tennessee since 1902-06. The Commodores celebrated wildly after Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs' desperation pass from the Vanderbilt 48 fell incomplete on the game's final play. - AP Sports
11/21/2013 - NFL DRAFT WEEK 12 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt...A prospect who was the frontrunner entering the season to be the top senior drafted at his position, Matthews has all but separated himself as the clear-cut top senior wide receiver for the 2014 draft class. He leads the SEC in catches (83) and receiving yards (1,076) and holds the conference-record for career receiving yards (3,358). Matthews set a career-high on Saturday against Kentucky with 12 catches and was near impossible for the Wildcats to cover, recording 172 all-purpose yards.
His size/speed combination along with his hand/eye coordination and body control makes him an attractive prospect, showing the ability to make plays at all levels of the field and do damage after the catch. Matthews is a balanced route runner with a sizeable catching radius, but he is lean-muscled and needs to do more in contested situations. Nonetheless, he has done enough this season to separate himself from the rest of the pack and put himself in the top-40 conversation. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/21/2013 - WEEK 12 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt...Matthews set a single-game high with 12 catches, good for 141 yards in Vanderbilt's 22-6 victory over Kentucky...Matthews ranks first in the SEC with 83 receptions and second in the conference with 1,076 receiving yards. During the performance, Matthews became the first receiver in SEC history to post two seasons of 80+ receptions...The SEC's all-time leader with 3,358 receiving yards, Matthews is just four catches shy of breaking the league record for career receptions...The win gave Vanderbilt its sixth victory of the year, making the Commodore bowl eligible for the third consecutive year under James Franklin. - SEC football
11/16/2013 - The Vanderbilt Commodores just keep making history, and this time they've become eligible for a third straight bowl game for the first time in the program's history, all under coach James Franklin. Brian Kimbrow scored on a 21-yard run, and Vanderbilt beat Kentucky 22-6 Saturday. Vanderbilt had been to only four bowls before Franklin took over. Now the Commodores (6-4, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) have won two with two games remaining in the regular season, and bowl eligibility means they will have a chance to match last year's 9-4 record that was their best since 1915.
Jordan Matthews caught 12 passes for 141 yards in becoming the first Vanderbilt receiver with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Andre Hal had one of Vanderbilt's four interceptions, and Patton Robinette sealed the win with a 13-yard TD pass to Kris Kentera with 47 seconds left. Kentucky (2-8, 0-6) lost its 14th straight SEC game. The Wildcats never scored after Jojo Kemp's 2-yard TD on the opening drive. - AP Sports
09/16/2013 - Vandy WR Jordan Matthews is on his way to another banner year. After catching eight passes for 106 yards in the loss to South Carolina, the senior is leads the SEC in receptions with his 8.0 average and is second in receiving yardage with his average of 131.7 yards per game. Last year Matthews was second in the league in both categories with 7.23 receptions and 101.8 yards per game. - The Sports Xchange
09/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Jordan Matthews continues to put up huge numbers. After two games, he's caught 16 balls for 294 yards and two scores. With 2,594 career receiving yards, Matthews is just 18 away from tying Georgia's Tavarres King for the No. 20 spot on the Southeastern Conference's all-time career list. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Jordan Matthews, despite being double-covered most of the evening, set a career high with 178 yards and tied a career high with 10 catches. The senior missed some plays as a result of being dehydrated, and once he was given an IV, a hard hit to the gut caused him to vomit on the field. But even in spite of it, the Alabama native made perhaps Vandy's biggest play of the night, a long reception on a 4th-and-18 play to set up a go-ahead touchdown on the next snap. - The Sports Xchange
09/01/2013 - TOP VANDERBILT PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. WR Jordan Matthews (6-3, 205, 4.55)...Matthews' junior campaign may have been the best season Vanderbilt has ever seen at the wide receiver position. Matthews led the SEC in both catches (94) and receiving yards (1,323) and scored eight times, earning consensus all-conference honors in 2012. The talented pass-catcher showed signs of breaking out the year before, catching 36 passes for 715 yards (19.86 average) and five touchdowns over the final eight games in 2012. Matthews' production against SEC talent is impressive. The question scouts now have for him is how well he'll be able to adjust in with Austyn Carta-Samuels and not Jordan Rodgers delivering the passes. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/01/2013 - TOP VANDERBILT PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. WR Jordan Matthews (6-3, 205, 4.55)...Matthews may not wow during workouts because he appears to have less-than-ideal straight-line speed. Like his cousin Jerry Rice, however, he is a very savvy route-runner with quickness, balance and a deceptive gliding gait that helps him out-run angles and make big plays against the SEC's best athletes. He sports an NFL-ready frame (including long arms and big hands) and tracks the ball like a pro, as well, showing the body control and hand-eye coordination to make difficult receptions throughout the catch radius.
Vanderbilt fully realizes what a reliable weapon Matthews has become and they move him around on offense to create mismatches. Matthews possesses the size (and enough speed) to play outside, as well as the toughness to handle duties in the slot. His experience in these roles only adds to Matthews' impressive package of talent and technique, making him one of the more pro-ready wideouts in the country. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR - Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt,...Matthews is one of the SEC's most prolific receivers. He enters his final season with 150 career catches, 2,290 receiving yards and 17 touchdown receptions. He is coming off one of the greatest individual seasons ever by a receiver in the league, hauling in 94 passes for 1,343 yards and eight touchdowns.
The 2012 reception yardage total ranks as a Commodore team record and among the top five single-season totals in SEC history. Matthews, a product of Madison (Ala.) Academy, appears within striking distance of several SEC all-time receiving records. He needs 87 catches and less than 900 receiving yards to rewrite the conference's career marks. - Vanderbilt football
08/14/2013 - Jordan Matthews has too much confidence in what James Franklin is doing at Vanderbilt to leave just yet. Not even a change in quarterback could persuade the receiver that maybe he should test the NFL draft and move onto the pros. The top returning receiver in the Southeastern Conference said Franklin's key isn't the players, but the system the coach installed. ''The system and the process that coach Franklin has implemented is built for success and built to win games and built to help guys be successful and get to the next level,'' Matthews said. ''So yes, Jordan (Rodgers) and I had a great connection. But at no point was I worried about that dropping off.''
Matthews ranked second in the SEC only to Cobi Hamilton of Arkansas with his 1,323 yards receiving, and that total put him eighth nationally. Matthews also caught 94 passes and scored eight touchdowns, and he averaged 101.77 yards receiving per game. He helped the Commodores go 9-4, the SEC's only private school's best record since 1915. In conference play, Matthews was even better averaging 116.9 yards receiving. Even though Vanderbilt signed five receivers in February to add a new crop of receivers, hearing Matthews had decided to return made offensive coordinator John Donovan very happy.
''He's first-team All-SEC for a reason,'' Donovan said. ''He's a heck of a player. He's made a lot of plays here. He works harder than anybody else we have on this team. He's a great leader. We're excited to have him, and he's going to have a great year for us.'' - AP Sports
07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): WR - Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (106)...Matthews ranks as the SEC's active leader with 150 career catches and 2,282 receiving yards. The senior from Madison, Ala.--located less than 100 miles north of Birmingham--was one of two Commodores announced to the Biletnikoff Award watch list earlier this week, along with redshirt-junior Chris Boyd. - Vanderbilt football
07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt...Matthews is also on watch lists for the Maxwell (national top player) and Biletnikoff (nation's top wide receiver) awards after a standout junior campaign that set him up to break numerous Southeastern Conference and Vanderbilt records this season a senior. He is coming off the most productive season ever by a Commodore receiver, catching 94 passes for 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns.
The 94 receptions is tied for the second-highest single-season total in SEC history behind Keith Edwards' VU record of 97 catches in 1983. Matthews' yardage total broke Boo Mitchell's former team record of 1,213 yards set in 1988 and ranks as the fifth-highest single-season total in conference history. - Vanderbilt football
07/18/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, SR...This marks the second consecutive year that Matthews has been recognized in the Biletnikoff watch list. Recently named as a Maxwell Award candidate, Matthews is coming off one of the finest receiving seasons in Southeastern Conference history after hauling in 94 receptions for 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns. Matthews' reception and yardage figures from 2012 both rank among the top five single-season totals in conference history. - Vanderbilt football
07/17/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt...Matthews is one of 16 standouts from the SEC named to the Maxwell watch list. He is the second Commodore named to the Maxwell list in consecutive yearsw, joining running back Zac Stacy in 2012.
Matthews is coming off the most productive season ever by a Vanderbilt receiver when he hauled in 94 catches for 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns. The 94 receptions is tied for the second highest single-season total in SEC history behind Keith Edwards' Vanderbilt record of 97 catches in 1983. Matthews' yardage total broke Boo Mitchell's former team record of 1,213 yards set in 1988 and ranks as the fifth highest single-season total in conference history.
Entering the season opener Aug. 29 against Ole Miss, Matthews needs 804 receiving yards to break the SEC career record of 3,093 yards accumulated by former Georgia standout Terrence Edwards from 1999-2002. Matthews needs another sensational year to push former Commodore Earl Bennett's school and SEC record of 236 career receptions. Matthews enters the season 86 catches shy of matching Bennett. In 2012, Matthews topped 100 receiving yards in six games while becoming Vanderbilt's first consensus First Team All-SEC receiver since Bennett was recognized in 2007. - Vanderbilt football