The Vanderbilt Commodores went to their third-straight bowl game under head coach James Franklin. For the first time in their history, they defeated the Houston Cougars 41 – 24 in the BBVA Compass Bowl. The bowl win will be their second in a row, another record for the Commodores under Franklin. However, the highlight of the game had to be the play of senior wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette was 6 – 19 with 154 yards and two touchdowns. It stands out that five of those were completed passes, 143 of the yards and both of the touchdowns were to Matthews. The Cougars couldn’t contain him throughout the game and his success is what opened up the run game and allowed Vanderbilt to win.
If the bowl game didn’t impress NFL scouts enough, Matthews holds the career record for receptions in the SEC and caught for over 1300 yards this season. For his career he has caught for over 3500 yards and 22 touchdowns. He has been an outstanding receiver on a Vanderbilt team that has always been run-first since he became a starter.
Matthews has proven himself in the SEC throughout his career and will do the same in the NFL. He’s probably not going to go in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but a team should definitely trade up in the second to get him before another team does. Matthews has the physical ability and the intangibles that make NFL receivers great; he is going to be an elite receiver in the NFL one day, mark my words.