Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews going for SEC reception mark against Tennessee

Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews (87) is pushed out-of-bounds by Kentucky safety Glenn Faulkner (18) in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Matthews gained 28 yards on the play. Vanderbilt won 22-6. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews (87) is pushed out-of-bounds by Kentucky safety Glenn Faulkner (18) in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Matthews gained 28 yards on the play. Vanderbilt won 22-6. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE — The Southeastern Conference record for career receptions is likely to change hands on Saturday — going from one Vanderbilt receiver to another.

In the next of what has become a lengthy list of accomplishments for Commodores wideout Jordan Matthews, the senior needs just four receptions against Tennessee on Saturday (7 p.m., ESPN2) to pass former Vanderbilt great Earl Bennett (236 catches) as the conference’s all-time receptions leader.

After deciding in January to return for his senior season, Matthews entered the year needing 87 receptions to break Bennett’s 6-year-old record. And with the departures of quarterback Jordan Rodgers and running back Zac Stacy, paired with the dismissal of fellow starting wide receiver Chris Boyd, it appeared Matthews had his work cut out for him.

“I think what he has been able to do this year is so much more impressive than even what he was able to do last year,” Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said. “Zac (Stacy) was a major focus of our offense and the major focus of defenses last year. Now people go into this clearly saying, ‘We have to deal with Jordan Matthews.’ ”

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BrassMonkey writes:

My bet would be that he has no trouble getting it. This guy will be playing on Sunday and is very sure handed. Our secondary has been a step behind for over a month.

OrangeVol4Life writes:

This is a top notch receiver and the Vols better not sit back and let the QB throw to him or it will be a long day!

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