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Vanderbilt redshirt junior RB Ralph Webb rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries in Saturday's 31-30 overtime win over Western Kentucky.

The three touchdowns stand as a career best for Webb. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound redshirt junior averaged just 3.5 YPC in the overtime win. For the season, he has rushed for 472 yards and five touchdowns. Webb will have a tough task next weekend, when he takes on Florida's rock-solid rush defense.
Sep 24 - 9:26 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt junior LB Zach Cunningham had a team-high 12 tackles, three TFL and a fumble recovery in last Thursday's loss to South Carolina.

"He goes from A-to-B quickly in pursuit with excellent play speed and fluid movements to redirect without gearing down in his transition," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "Cunningham has above average arm length and the take-on strength to engage, shed and quickly find the ball carrier, coming to balance on the move to keep himself clean in space." The analyst predicts that Cunningham may become Vanderbilt's first defensive player drafted in the first round since 1984.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 8 - 6:37 PM

Vanderbilt HC Derek Mason indicated that he was displeased with USA Today's preseason ranking of 113th.

"With that USA Today article, we’re mad. We’ve got a chip on shoulder — offensively, defensively, special teams," Mason said. "That’s a slap in the face and a kick in the mouth." CB Torren McGaster echoed these sentiments, but hopes to shock the world. "Of course, we hear all that," he said. "But our offense is going to prove the nation wrong. Our defense is going to prove the nation wrong." In his first two seasons as Vandy's head coach, Mason's squads have gone a combined 7-17. Record aside, though, a rival SEC coach who spoke with Athlon Sports this offseason called Mason "as good of a defensive coach as there is in the world."
Aug 21 - 1:28 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt senior OT Andrew Jelks and redshirt sophomore QB Shawn Stankavage will miss the 2016 season due to injury.

Vanderbilt HC Derek Mason relayed the statuses of Jelks and Stankavage to reporters, but did not offer specifics regarding the injuries themselves. Jelks was a 12-game starter at left tackle in 2014, but a knee injury suffered last August sidelined him for the entirety of the 2015 season. Stankavage did not see the field last season either, due in part to an offseason leg injury of his own. As Jelks was an expected starter for the coming season, Justin Skule and Bailey Granier could see increased reps as Mason looks to find a suitable tackle replacement for the 6-foot-6, 305-pounder.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 12 - 2:11 PM

When asked about Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason, a rival SEC coach told Athlon Sports the following: "I’m not exaggerating when I say this: Derek Mason is as good of a defensive coach as there is in the world."

Other anonymous coaches polled were just as effusive when praising the Commodores' defense. "The fronts they give you are just wacky," a different coach said. "They’ll play every front that exists. The way they get to their nickel package is unusual because they take out their nose guard instead of sliding their front. They play with really good width on the line of scrimmage, and they do a good job hemming your runs in. They play with four linebackers pretty much all the time, so guys drop into different spots and the pressures come from weird angles." A third coach said, "I just flat out don’t love playing them, especially if it’s early in the year when you don’t have them on tape to see what wrinkles they’ve added. And they just tackle really well." A fourth said that "in terms of defensive fundamentals, [Mason] does it the way you wish everybody would. I have a lot of respect for him and he’s got it headed in the right direction."
Aug 5 - 7:09 PM

Vanderbilt named sophomore QB Kyle Shurmur their starter for the 2016 season.

"I want to just say this," said HC Derek Mason. "We have a clear-cut one and a clear-cut two. Kyle Shurmur is my clear-cut starter." Junior QB Wade Freebeck would be that "clear-cut two" Mason refers to. For his part, the 6-foot-4, 226-pound Shurmur started five of Vandy's final six games as a true freshman in 2015. He ended the season having thrown for 503 yards (42.7% completions) with a 5/3 TD/INT ratio. Those numbers are modest enough, but Mason has been pleased with Shurmur's progress this offseason, not only in terms of the on-field work, but also in terms of his role as a team leader. "We’re not going to enter into the season like we did my first year – talking about multiple quarterbacks," Mason said. The Commodores are just 7-17 since Mason took over as head coach in 2014. Continuity at quarterback should help matters, but their progression as a team remains an uphill climb in perhaps the most brutal conference in the country.
Jul 5 - 3:35 PM

Four-star 2017 DE Dayo Odeyingbo committed to Vanderbilt.

Odeyingbo has played upwards of five positions at Ranchview High (Texas), but Scout.com sees him as having the most potential as either a defensive end or a tight end with Vandy. "His strength potential is through the roof once he’s in a college weight program," Scout's Gabe Brooks noted, "and he’s a natural runner." One reason why the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder committed to the Commodores -- his older brother, Dare, plays defensive end there.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 2 - 9:00 PM

An anonymous SEC defensive coach told ESPN that Vanderbilt redshirt junior RB Ralph Webb possesses "really good feet, so he's in and out of breaks real well."

"[Webb] makes full-speed cuts, where most backs have to slow down to make a cut," the coach explained. "In the hole or on the perimeter, he does a good job of one-cutting to get north and south and making a guy miss to take it the distance." Vanderbilt went just 4-8 last season, burying Webb into obscurity with their mediocrity. That shouldn't have been the case. After taking a redshirt in 2013, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Webb has posted impressive contributions in each of his two active seasons with the Commodores. In 2014, he rushed for 912 yards and four touchdowns and in 2015, he upped the ante and compiled 1,152 rushing yards with five touchdowns. In addition to that fine groundwork last season, he also caught 24 passes (an improvement over his 10 catches in 2014) for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Another 1,000-yard season is well within reach for Webb this coming season.
Jun 18 - 8:31 PM

Pro Football Focus's Steve Palazzolo calls Vanderbilt redshirt junior OLB Zach Cunningham "the best LB you haven’t heard of" and "a potential All-American candidate."

A former four-star recruit, Cunningham has gained around 30 pounds since arriving on campus while retaining top-notch athleticism. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder's game is predicated on "speed and physicality," wrote Palazzolo. Those traits make Cunningham a wrecking ball against the run and a pest in coverage with "the range to make plays in zone coverage as well as the movement skills to match up with opposing tight ends and running backs." The analyst believes Cunningham could use some work on his tackling technique, as Cunningham has a habit of attacking high and whiffing. Cunningham missed one of every 9.7 tackle attempts, No. 41 among ILBs (keep in mind that Jaylon Smith missed one out of every 6.6 as a sophomore). NFL scouts will be watching that facet of his game closely this fall.
Jun 14 - 6:53 PM

Patriots signed Vanderbilt TE Steven Scheu.

Scheu (6'5/253) was a four-year starter for the Commodores, catching 83 balls for 933 yards (11.2 YPR) and seven touchdowns. After a fairly nondescript college career in bad passing offenses, Scheu elevated his stock with a 4.75 forty, 33-inch vertical, and 23 bench-press reps at Vanderbilt's Pro Day. Scheu gave effort as a college blocker and is a reliable short-area possession target. He has No. 2 tight end potential.
May 2 - 2:34 PM

Colts signed Vanderbilt S Andrew Williamson.

Williamson (6'1/208) was a two-year starter in the Commodores' secondary, managing six career tackles for loss, two interceptions and one forced fumble. After a ho-hum college career, Williamson helped himself by blazing 4.48 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump at Vandy's Pro Day. Williamson's NFL intrigue is derived almost entirely from his pre-draft workout metrics. He projects as a reserve strong safety and special teamer in the Sean Richardson mold.
May 1 - 7:45 PM

Vikings selected Vanderbilt OLB Stephen Weatherly with the No. 227 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Weatherly (6'4/267) turned pro following his redshirt junior season after tallying 27 career tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles as a two-year starter. Measuring in with lengthy 34 1/2-inch arms, Weatherly helped himself at the Combine by running 4.61 with a 9-foot-9 broad jump before turning in strong agility scores at Vanderbilt's Pro Day. Although Weatherly's plus measurables suggest he should've been a more productive collegiate, he possesses NFL-level edge-player traits and is a sleeper who could surprise.
Apr 30 - 5:48 PM

NFL scouts believe Vanderbilt edge rusher Stephen Weatherly "could develop into a legitimate starting three-down linebacker," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Weatherly has worked out for the Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals. He's visited the Panthers, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings. Pauline believes he'll go higher than you think.
Apr 15 - 6:48 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench says Vanderbilt edge rusher Stephen Weatherly "flashes on tape" and calls him "an interesting Day 3 option."

Muench sees the 6-foot-4, 267-pounder as an option for the Bills. "He has the length and size to play defensive end and 3-4 outside linebacker, along with the athletic ability to hold up in coverage if asked to play off the line," Muench wrote. Weatherly ran a 4.67 40-yard dash at the Combine. With his ancillary testing numbers, he had a SPARQ score in the 67th percentile for NFL edge players. "While his production and tape don't yet match up with his talent, he'd be a valuable weapon if the creative [Rex] Ryan can unlock his potential," Muench wrote.
Apr 5 - 7:52 PM

Vanderbilt TE Steven Scheu unofficially ran forties between 4.65 and 4.75 at his pro day.

It's a tremendous showing for a guy who was measured at 6-foot-4 1/2, 253 pounds with big 10.5-inch mitts. The following is the other, ahem, Scheu dropping (no, stay!; enjoy the veal): Despite this being a horrible tight end class, this blurb you're reading is only the second we've penned about Scheu since early September. He's been ignored throughout the process, but still has a shot to get drafted late because of the aforementioned awfulness of this TE class. "I'm told Scheu caught the ball very well and also did some long snapping, as he was the Commodores long snapper," Tony Pauline chipped in, regarding the workout.
Mar 7 - 1:19 PM


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