The SEC Blog will be counting down the top 150 players in the SEC every day, concluding on Aug. 30, at the start of the college football regular season.
62. Jordan Matthews, No. 87, Vanderbilt Wide Receiver
2011 stats: 41 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns
Vanderbilt hasn't been the most prolific passing team in the SEC, but that hasn't stopped Matthews from establishing himself as one of the SEC's premier wide receivers. At 6'3", 205 pounds, Matthews has the size to go up over opposing defensive backs, runs crisp routes and can make defenders miss in space.
It's likely that, despite a solid season in 2011, Matthews hasn't unlocked his potential. Jordan Rodgers hasn't locked down the starting quarterback spot yet, but he certainly appears close to doing so. Stability at the quarterback position might be all Matthews needs to take it to the next level.
Vanderbilt is going to be an interesting team to watch in 2012. It's clear that there's a lot of talent, particularly at skill positions on offense with Matthews and Zac Stacy. If those players can capitalize on 2011, we could be see some legitimate offensive firepower in Nashville.