On Saturday in College Station, a Southeastern Conference record was set, and most people probably didn’t notice. And that would be par for the course as it pertains to the career of Jordan Matthews.
The standout wide receiver for the Vanderbilt Commodores caught eight passes for 92 yards as the Commodores lost to the Texas A&M Aggies, 56-24. The main storyline of the game was A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel passing for 305 yards despite being in a sling earlier in the week.
However, despite Manziel’s heroics, it was Matthews setting the SEC record on this day. With his 92 receiving yards, he passed Terrence Edwards, former receiver for the Georgia Bulldogs, with 3,172 career receiving yards, the most in SEC history.
Think about that for a second. In the storied history of the nation’s most powerful football conference, no player has ever had more receiving yards than Matthews. And he’s still got at least four games remaining in his career.
If Matthews played for one of the SEC’s more popular schools, think about how much publicity this record might have gotten. If Matthews were a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Florida Gators, the Georgia Bulldogs or the LSU Tigers, this story likely would have gained much more national attention. But Matthews plays for Vandy, and his team got thumped, so the record was merely an afterthought.
For the 2013 season, Matthews has 66 receptions for 890 yards and five touchdowns. His career high in receiving yards came last year, when he caught 94 passes for 1,323 yards, with eight touchdowns. If Vandy can make it to a third straight bowl game, Matthews may eclipse that record, and add to his SEC record. Not that anyone may notice.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.