In a rare example of coaches and media being like-minded, Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors for the second time in as many days.
The junior from Madison, Ala., who set the Commodores’ single-season receiving yards record (1,262 and counting) earned first-team recognition from the SEC coaches, whose all-conference teams were released Tuesday.
He was the only Vanderbilt player named to the first team. The same was true a day earlier when the Associated Press released its All-SEC teams.
Running back Zac Stacy and punter Richard Kent earned second-team recognition.
As was the case with the AP vote, Matthews is the first Commodore named to the coaches’ first-team since cornerback D.J. Moore in 2008. He finished second to Arkansas Cobi Hamilton, also a double first-team choice, in receptions and receiving yards. Matthews and Hamilton were the only two who averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game.
Only two other wide receivers in program history have earned first-team recognition from the coaches. Earl Bennett did it twice (2005 and 2007) Boo Mitchell did it once (1988).
The AP also had Stacy on its second team. The school’s all-time leading rusher finished the regular season fifth in the conference (fourth among running backs) with 1,034 yards.
Kent was not included among the AP all-conference teams, which did, however, have kicker Carey Spear on the second team.
The SEC will announce individual award winners and all-freshman team, as determined by the coaches, on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.