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MADISON, Ala. - Jordan Matthews is a name people all over the nation recognize.  He played wide receiver at Madison Academy, then broke records at Vanderbilt, and now he plays in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles.   He's a guy current Mustangs pass catcher Jaelin Ferdinand really admires, and tries to model his game after.  " I watched him play a couple times, his game is just perfect for me, and he's just a great ole model to look after,"  Ferdinand told WHNT News 19 Sports' Taylor Tannebaum.  "Two years ago he talked to the basketball team and really brought a strong message and I've just kept it in my head ever since."

Ferdinand is off to a strong start to his senior campaign with 581 yards and three touchdown, and hopes that helps him earn a scholarship to play at the next level.  As talented as he is, Ferdinand knows he wouldn't be where he is without the support of his teammates.  "I mean I cant do that without my line and Grayson Edgemon throwing me the ball.  I have to give a big shout out to my boy KJ, hes had a great two games. and I just need Tyler Greene and Jon Parrish just to keep working.  Just keep on grinding so we can make it back to state."

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