They were never teammates at Vanderbilt -- Bennett's last collegiate season was 2007, Matthews' first in 2010 -- but they stay in touch as if they were.
"I speak to Earl a lot," Matthews told the Tennessean. "We actually talked before camp, the middle of camp, and I think we texted a little bit at the start of the season. He'll text me and see how I'm doing. He'll encourage me before games. I think he texted me after the Ole Miss game. And then I'll talk to him a little bit, asking him about how his family is doing. So we have a really good relationship. I looked up to him a lot coming up as a kid."
Bennett posted an SEC-record 236 receptions at Vanderbilt, and Matthews is in pursuit of that mark, along with several others. His 2,758 career yards are 336 short of Terrence Edwards' SEC record of 3,093, set at Georgia in 2002.