User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Vandy receiver insists he's fine after hard hit

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews says he's just fine and he never had any concussion symptoms.

Advertisement
The receiver said he vomited in last week's season opener because he had been hit in the stomach.

Cameras showed Matthews being ill twice on the field a play after being hit hard by Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt, leading to questions the receiver suffered a concussion. The senior receiver then sat out a play before returning. He wound up matching his personal high with 10 catches for a career-best 178 yards despite being double-teamed all night.

``If you look at the hit, I definitely got hit in the stomach,'' Matthews said. ``I think people were worried that I went back out there too fast, but we have a top-notch training staff. They knew that there were no concussions symptoms. They saw that I felt fine. My eyes weren't dilated and I wasn't looking crazy, so they knew I was ready to play.''

That didn't stop people from being worried. Matthews said his grandmother was upset that something might have happened to him but that he wasn't going to let a little ``throw-up'' sideline him.

``People try to make a big deal about it, but I think any of my teammates would have done the same thing,'' Matthews said.

Matthews had a very busy and physically stressing night in the opener. He went to the locker room for intravenous fluids early in the third quarter after his body cramped up, and the receiver credited strength coach Dwight Galt with helping him be mentally tough after all the offseason workouts.

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin says concussions have been a hot topic all year. He also said he heard the decision for Matthews and other players to return to the game has been discussed too, and Franklin made it very clear Monday that coaches at Vanderbilt do not make that call.

``That is a decision that is made by the medical staff, and I believe we have one of the finest medical staffs in the country ...,'' Franklin said. ``I want everybody to understand that we will never do anything to put any of our players in jeopardy.''

Matthews was first-team All-Southeastern Conference last season when he caught 94 passes for 1,323 yards. He now leads all SEC receivers in both catches and yards after his performance against Ole Miss.

``I don't think there's any argument that you want to try to eliminate Jordan Matthews, if possible,'' Franklin said of opposing teams.

The Commodores, who host Austin Peay (0-1) on Saturday night, are playing without their second-leading receiver last season. Chris Boyd was suspended Aug. 16 when charged with allegedly advising one of the defendants how to cover up a rape in a campus dormitory in June involving four players dismissed later that month.

That leaves Jonathan Krause as the only other receiver with experience, and Krause caught only nine of his 56 career passes last season. He had six receptions against Ole Miss. Freshman Jordan Cunningham played but did not catch a pass.

Matthews sees the extra attention as a sign of respect.

``That's not something I had when I came into college, so it's something I worked for,'' Matthews said.

The receiver also appreciates the challenge of proving he can be successful even with more defenders on him.

``It helps me realize, `OK, I'm getting better as a player but it also shows that teams are respecting me, not just me but also the passing game that we have,'' Franklin said. ``It's kind of exciting when you think about it.''

---

Online:

AP college football site: http://collegefootball.ap.org/

---

Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Nelson: Texas A&M at South Carolina
Edwards: Friday's Tip Sheet
Williams: ACC Report - Week 1
ASA: Big Ten Report - Week 1
Williams: Pac-12 Report - Week 1
Hunter: Top 5 Win Totals
News: Final Four Consensus Picks
Edwards: 2014 Big Ten Predictions
ASA: Win Totals to Watch
MORE HEADLINES
 
2013 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1921
Joe Nelson + 1446
Bruce Marshall + 1350
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Joe Nelson 60 %
Doc's Sports 57 %
Joe Williams 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1312
Brian Edwards + 580
James Manos + 443
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1283
Jimmy Boyd + 966
James Manos + 756
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 1100
Doc's Sports + 1090
Joe Nelson + 940
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA FB College Football Expert Sports Picks- Mississippi Rebels at Boise State Broncos
2014 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
   
   
   
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last Week  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
   
   
   
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
   
   
   
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
   
   
   
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
   
   
   
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!