Kenny Ladler, Jordan Matthews Named AP First-Team All-SEC Players

Frederick Breedon

Kenny Ladler and Jordan Matthews will finish their college careers as certifiably two of the best players in the SEC. Wesley Johnson and Andre Hal earned second-team honors from the Associated Press as well.

Four Commodores earned All-SEC honors from the Associated Press, led by first-team starters Jordan Matthews and Kenny Ladler. Wesley Johnson and Andre Hal were named to the second team. All four players are seniors for Vanderbilt.

Matthews rewrote the Vanderbilt and SEC record books in 2013 with a 107 catch (and counting) season. He set the conference record for all-time receptions and receiving yards this fall. He led the SEC in both categories through the end of the regular season, and was the driving force behind Vanderbilt's offensive push this year.

Ladler was tied for second in the SEC in interceptions (five), 10th in tackles (87), and first with five fumbles forced on the season. He was a stalwart for a very strong Commodore secondary that also featured second-teamer Andre Hal. Hal turned his side of the field into a no-fly zone with 15 passes defensed (1st in the SEC) and a pair of interceptions. He also had 6.5 tackles for loss as the Vandy defense lifted this team up to an eight-win season.

Offensive tackle Wesley Johnson rounded out the Commodores' honors. The steady lineman was the key to protecting Austyn Carta-Samuels and Patton Robinette this fall. He has started more games for Vanderbilt than any other player in school history.

All four players will have their final game as Commodores this January when Vandy faces Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

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