Vanderbilt Sweeps TSWA College Football Awards

Saturday, February 01, 2014 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

NASHVILLE -- Vanderbilt swept the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s College Football Coach and Player of the Year honors in a vote of TSWA members.

Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews was selected as the TSWA College Football Player of the Year, while former Commodores football coach James Franklin won the TSWA College Football Coach of the Year for a second time.

Franklin had 10 votes, finishing three votes ahead of TSU’s Rod Reed.

Other coaches to receive votes included Ken Sparks, Russ Huesman, Mike Rader and Dan Gritti.

Vanderbilt finished the season 9-4, beating Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

Vanderbilt finished No. 24 in the final poll and beat Florida, Georgia and Tennessee this season.

The Commodores had back-to-back nine win seasons for the first time and were ranked in the Top 25 in the past two seasons.

Matthews dominated the voting for Player of the Year, finishing well ahead of other players to receive votes, including Bo Cordell, T.T. Barber, Logan Kilgore and Tom Hornsey

Matthews finished with 122 catches for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns. Matthews was All-SEC (AP and Coaches), was on the Biletnikoff Award Watch list, Maxwell Award Watch List, CFPA Wide Receiver Trophy Watch List, and was Third Team All American (Phil Steele and CBSSportsline).

Matthews was named to the Senior Bowl and has possession of most of Vanderbilt’s receiving records. He ended his career owning the SEC’s receiving records (262 catches) and receiving yards (3,795).

The Biletnikoff Award semifinalist established a SEC season record with his 112 catches.

Matthews had nine games where he had 100 receiving yards and had at least five catches in each game this season.


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