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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