Five reasons Matthews will break SEC record

When Jordan Matthews announced he would forgo the NFL Draft and return to Nashville for his senior season he opened the door for himself to rewrite the record books. Matthews needs 812 yards to pass the mark set by Terrence Edwards of Georgia from 1999-2002. Here are five reasons why he will do so.

When Jordan Matthews announced he would forgo the NFL Draft and return to Nashville for his senior season he opened the door for himself to rewrite the record books. Matthews needs 812 yards to pass the mark set by Terrence Edwards of Georgia from 1999-2002. Here are five reasons why he will do so.

1) He wants to win a National Championship

When Matthews announced that he was returning for his senior season in the black and gold he made no secret of why he wanted to come back to school. "My goal is to go out and win an SEC championship and a national championship and be a pivotal part of that happening," said Matthews. Yes, there may have been some eyebrows raised by those comments, but with the way that Vanderbilt has risen under James Franklin the last few seasons you have to imagine there were more than a few people who noticed.

2) Vandy has other weapons

One of the quirks of the wide receiver position is that in many ways you can only be as good as your teammates make you. Unless you are in the Calvin Johnson vein of superhuman athlete it is easy to get swamped by the double and triple teams that opponents will throw at the star pass catchers in the game. On Matthews side, however, is the fact that the Commodores have a dynamic run game which will keep safeties honest, and he has the luxury of the ever developing Chris Boyd on the other flank preventing blanket coverage.

3) He is chasing two records

In addition to the SEC yardage record Matthews could also break the SEC total receptions mark of the Commodores own Earl Bennett if he makes 86 or more catches this season. Matthews is one of those rare receivers who quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels at his disposal, the guy who can make a play in traffic when the ball is thrown his way as a last option. With the variety of ways Vandy likes to get Matthews the ball, from the quick hitch in space all the way through to the deepest parts of the route tree, it is possible to see him eclipsing both marks before seasons end.

4) Improving his draft stock

Matthews would never look for receptions to purely improve his draft stock, but having the tag as the all time leader in SEC yardage would look very nice on his draft profile page. With another year of tutoring in the 'Dores system, and with the increased national attention said program is receiving, it is entirely possible Matthews could fight his way into the first half of the first round by the end of the 2013 season.

5) He has family history on his side

Even if Matthews was to have a season as sensational as the one he put together as a junior he would still be the second best receiver in his (extended) family. Matthews is a distant cousin of the legendary Jerry Rice, who holds too many NFL records to count and who probably would have had a 3,000 yard receiving season if the rules were the same then as they are today.

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