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Vanderbilt redshirt junior LB Zach Cunningham will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relayed in late December that Cunningham had begun looking to secure agent representation. The linebacker officially took the draft plunge on Saturday. Pauline ranks the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder as the second-best inside linebacker in the 2017 draft-eligible pool, slotting him just behind Alabama's Reuben Foster. This past season, Cunningham registered 125 tackles (16.5 for loss), three passes defensed and two fumbles forced over the course of 13 games played. He should see interest early on Day 2, but could potentially climb into the Day 1 discussion.
Jan 15 - 11:18 AM

Vanderbilt HC Derek Mason won't pursue the opening at Cal.

"Regarding Cal rumors...," Mason tweeted. "I'm firmly Anchored Down in Nashville. Let's Ride!" Mason led the Commodores to a 6-7 finish and a bowl berth this past season.
Jan 11 - 6:14 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt junior RB Ralph Webb announced he will return to school for the 2017 season.

Webb broke the school's single season rushing record, but is not finished. He rushed for 1,283 yards and 13 touchdowns on 250 carries as a fourth-year player. He will remain the focal point of Vanderbilt's offense and Webb certainly hopes to post a third consecutive 1,100-plus rushing yard season.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 10:06:00 AM

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton writes that Vanderbilt four-star 2018 QB Allan Walters is "calm, cool and collected with a quick arm and compact delivery."

"While he may not have elite arm power to stretch the field vertically," Hamilton notes, "he has very good timing and an understanding of when to change ball speeds in the short and intermediate passing game." The analyst believes that the Commodores have a 90% chance of hanging onto the early commitment from the 6-foot-2, 198-pound Walters, who ranks as the ESPN Jr. 300's No. 178 overall prospect.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 01:33:00 PM

It "would be a surprise" if Vanderbilt redshirt junior LB Zach Cunningham did not enter the 2017 NFL Draft, according to Tony Pauline.

Pauline reports Cunningham has been interviewing with agents and is close to picking one. Vanderbilt might not put players in the NFL every year, but we would be shocked if anyone does not like Cunningham's game after watching his tape. This can be a very talented linebacker class.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 11:32:00 AM

Vanderbilt sophomore QB Kyle Shurmur completed 21 of 34 attempts for 416 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the school's 45-34 win over Tennessee.

Head coach Derek Mason was fired up after the victory, and the Commodores finish the regular season at 6-6 with this clearly being their signature win along with last week's domination of Ole Miss. Mason also helped Vanderbilt top Georgia this year. Shurmur showed plenty of promise in the game and will look to impress scouts next season.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 11:30:00 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt junior RB Ralph Webb rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in Saturday's 38-17 thumping of Ole Miss.

Webb and the rest of his Commodore friends held a 14-10 lead at the half. They would open out of the locker room with a strong third quarter that included two of Webb's three touchdowns. When all the dust settled, Vanderbilt held a 31-10 advantage. Both teams would trade touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Vandy came away with their best win of the season. For his part, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Webb has now rushed for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns. Improving to 5-6 with the win, only Tennessee stands in the way of Vanderbilt's first bowl game since 2013.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 12:28:00 AM

Vanderbilt redshirt junior LB Zach Cunningham's "explosive style will entice a defensive minded head coach," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Cunningham forced a fumble, blocked a field goal and had nine tackles against Auburn over the weekend, giving him a team-leading 94 this season. There are a few things that Pauline thinks he needs to work on before entering the NFL, however. "Cunningham must improve his play against the pass and be more disciplined with assignments as he often fires up the field and gets caught out of position," he wrote. NFL Media's Chad Reuter wrote last month that Cunningham may remind NFL scouts of longtime NFL starter Karlos Dansby.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 05:59:00 PM

NFL Media's Chad Reuter believes Vanderbilt redshirt junior LB Zach Cunningham may remind NFL scouts of longtime NFL starter Karlos Dansby.

Cunningham continues to dominate out of the spotlight, accruing a career-high 19 tackles on Saturday against Georgia. He leads all Power-5 LBs in stops. "He's listed at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and makes strong tackles," Reuter wrote. "He's physical with pulling guards to shed to make the play. He'll add weight for the NFL Scouting Combine, and scouts might be reminded of longtime NFL starter Karlos Dansby when they watch Cunningham."
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 08:41:00 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt junior RB Ralph Webb rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and added 44 receiving yards in the school's 17-16 win over Georgia.

Webb was the school's leading rusher and receiver. This is a tremendous victory for Vanderbilt, their first in the SEC this year. The Commodores now have a 3-4 record on the season.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 03:27:00 PM

According to Pro Football Focus, Vanderbilt redshirt junior LB Zach Cunningham leads all Power-5 linebackers with 41 stops.

ESPN's Mel Kiper recently ranked Cunningham as the No. 3 inside linebacker for the 2017 draft and compared him to New England 2013 second-rounder Jamie Collins. "Collins is a star on the rise, and so is Cunningham," he wrote. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler is on record having called Cunningham a potential first-rounder.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 05:16:00 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt junior RB Ralph Webb rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries in Saturday's 20-13 loss to Kentucky.

Webb was unable to truly break free in this one, as he finished with a long run of just 15 yards. The Commodores might not be an offensive juggernaut, but the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Webb has showcased metronomical consistency through six games. He has rushed for at least 95 yards in five of six contests.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 10:08:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline concedes that Vanderbilt redshirt senior DL Adam Butler "lacks next level athleticism" but believes the prospect is "skilled in all areas of the game which could help him latch on as a 7th or 8th lineman in the NFL."

Last year, Butler had only 12 solo tackles among 18 total tackles but finished with three sacks and seven TFL. He's busted out in a big way this fall, including two sacks and two TFL against Florida last weekend. "Scouts stamped Butler as a menial UDFA entering the season, something I was also guilty of, yet the senior defensive lineman continues to disrupt opponents game plans during crucial moments," Pauline wrote.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 12:53:00 PM

In Saturday's loss to Florida, Vanderbilt redshirt junior LB Zach Cunningham had 14 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Cunningham as the No. 3 inside linebacker for the 2017 draft. "At 6-foot-4, 233 pounds, he has good read-and-react ability and doesn't waste time in diagnosing plays," he wrote. "He's a smart player who takes on blocks well. I see him as a three-down linebacker in the NFL." So does CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, who thinks Cunningham may be a first-rounder. Kiper compares Cunningham to New England 2013 second-rounder Jamie Collins. "Collins is a star on the rise, and so is Cunningham," he wrote.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 05:42:00 PM

Vanderbilt sophomore QB Kyle Shurmur (head) is listed as starter on this week's depth chart.

Shurmur was knocked out of Saturday's showdown with Florida in the closing minutes. All indications at the beginning of the week are optimistic, but head injuries are notoriously fickle and he shouldn't be considered a guarantee to play against Kentucky this coming weekend.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 01:17:00 PM

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