Vanderbilt Commodores (1-1, 0-1) wide receiver Jordan Matthews is a lock to break the SEC all-time career reception yardage record currently held by Georgia’s Terrence Edwards (3,093). Entering the season, Matthews had 2,290 career receiving yards and needed just 804 yards to eclipse Edwards. The uncertainty about Vandy’s quarterback play led me to place the likelihood of this happening slightly below a lock in the following preseason article: SEC Football: Several Career Statistical Records Likely to be Broken in 2013
Now, two games in, there’s no question that Matthews will soon top the list. The senior followed a career-high 178 yards on 10 catches in Week 1, with 111 yards on six receptions last week, helping Vanderbilt improve to 1-1 with a 38-3 win over Austin Peay (0-2). He is now just 515 yards shy of the record. Barring an injury, he should have it in the bag by mid-October.
Vanderbilt’s defense also flexed its muscles, allowing zero first downs in the first half, and limiting Austin Peay to just 139 total yards and six first downs for the game. The Commodores’ offense, however, started slow for the second-straight week, which is something they will need to fix before this weekend.
What to look for in Week 3: Can Vandy cash in and beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2008? With No. 13 South Carolina (1-1, 0-1) reeling from a crushing loss last week, now is as good a time as any for the Dores to get it done.