NASHVILLE -- Vanderbilt swept
the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s College Football Coach and Player of
the Year honors in a vote of TSWA members.
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
finished the season 9-4, beating Houston in the BBVA Compass
finished No. 24 in the final poll and beat Florida, Georgia and Tennessee this
had back-to-back nine win seasons for the first time and were ranked in the Top
25 in the past two seasons.
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
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).
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).
Biletnikoff Award semifinalist established a SEC season record with his 112
had nine games where he had 100 receiving yards and had at least five catches in
each game this season.