SEC’s top 25 players of 2013: No. 6


SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1. I know you’ll agree with every single one…

No. 6 Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (SR)

2013 stats: 112 catches, 1,477 yards, 7 TDs, 113.6 YPG, 13.19 YPC

Why he’s No. 6: Jordan Matthews is the perfect star buster in the recruiting rankings. Largely ranked a three-star exiting high school, Matthews completely surpassed all expectations and became one of the greatest receivers in SEC history.

Matthews set the SEC’s career reception record with 262 and the career receiving yards record with 3,759 yards. And he played like a complete animal as a senior, refusing to come out of games and making big play after big play.

With the whole country watching opening week against Ole Miss, Matthews delivered one of the best performances of the season. Injured earlier in the game and puking on the field, Matthews caught a total of 10 passes for 178 yards and one TD, making one of the more memorable grabs down the stretch on fourth down.

Matthews’ 112 receptions in 2013 were good for fourth most in the country, and his 1,477 yards were also good for fourth most…playing on a team with an average passing game where everybody knew who was going to get the football.

He was the Commodores’ leader, and he’ll be a leader in the NFL to whichever team makes him a big part of their organization.

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  • Jon…Jon…Jon…wow I stopped paying attention to this list for a second and you go and rank Jeremy Hill ahead of Aaron Murray. That is absolutely atrocious. The only time Jeremy Hill should be ranked over Aaron Murray or really anyone else on this list is when you’re ranking who should be the first on the bus to the correctional facility.

  • not the fastest receiver, and I’m not sure if its even a good blocker, but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anyone as good at twisting his body at the last second and creating for himself just enough space or separation to catch the ball. it was just incredible and consistent.

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