Players to Watch in 2011: Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews

The last couple of years have been rough for the Commodores.  Having a 2-10 record the previous two seasons with only one SEC win is nothing to smile about.  But there is a buzz surrounding this years team.  New Head Coach James Franklin brings a high energy and positive thinking that is a much needed shot in the arm.  New Offensive Coordinator John Donovan has 10 starters from last year returning, so even with a new system in place there will still be some continuity hold over from last season.  The bad news of course, is last years team was not very good.  Last year the Dores ranked 110th in total offense, and gave up an average of over three sacks a game.  To have any sort of magical turnaround Vandy is going to need some type of explosive play maker.  Insert So. WR Jordan Matthews.

Matthews finished last season strong.  After coming off the bench he scored touchdowns in each of the final four games to end the season, and had 12 receptions for 136 yards in the final two.  Those four touchdowns were enough to lead the team in TD receptions last year.  His size at 6’3″ makes him an ideal red zone target, and he has the ability to get up and get the ball before the much shorter corners in the SEC can make a play on it.  His physical presence alone will limit safeties from walking up in the box and hopefully open up some running lanes for Vandy’s trio of tailbacks.

Matthews brings the type of play making ability not often seen in black and gold, and is the type of player that must be accounted for on every play.  If the good feelings are going to continue on West End Jordan Matthews will have to be a big part, watch for him.


Like what you saw?  Check out some of our other Players to Watch.            Vandy’s Chris MarveMSU’s Fletcher Cox                                                               And, follow us on twitter @SEC_Dweller or like us on Facebook for updates.


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