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Stanford graduate TE Davus Dudchock will play for Vanderbilt in 2014.

According to Bruce Feldman, Dudchock was at one time committed to Vanderbilt prior to switching to Stanford. With the Cardinal, the tight end recorded five catches for 53 yards in 2014.
Jun 16 - 11:42 AM

Former LSU senior QB Stephen Rivers enrolled at Vanderbilt.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder graduated last month and is eligible to play immediately. He'll now compete with redshirt sophomore Patton Robinette and redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary for the wide-open Commodores' starting QB gig. Rivers wants to play in the NFL and sought a program that would allow him to compete for playing time right away. "I'm happy for Stephen and looking forward to having him join our program," Commodores coach Derek Mason said. "Stephen brings both ability and experience to our team, and he fits the offensive system we will run under (offensive coordinator) Karl Dorrell. I'm looking forward to seeing great competition at the quarterback position this August."
Jun 4 - 4:55 PM

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason wants to schedule Stanford.

"We’re in the process right now of scheduling that game," Mason told WJOX. "We understand that the two schools have similar brands, but you know what? They don’t fear anybody and we don’t either." The Commodores hired Mason away from the Cardinal in January, where he was serving as co-defensive coordinator. "We’ll get a chance to get after Stanford and they’ll get a chance to get after us at some point in time, hopefully in the near future," Mason said. "We are still the best conference in the whole United States. If they want to come and get us, come and get us." Vanderbilt and Stanford have never played.
May 22 - 10:24 PM

Falcons signed Vanderbilt DE Walker May.

May (6-foot-4 1/8, 247) made 33 starts at defensive end for the Commodores, finishing his career with 30.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. On top of the fact that he'll be a 24-year-old rookie, May's upside is limited by average foot speed (4.85), though he demonstrated short-area burst with a 10-foot broad jump at Vandy's Pro Day. May projects as a special teamer with some potential to contribute as a sub-package pass rusher for the Falcons.
May 13 - 9:30 PM

Cowboys signed Vanderbilt WR Chris Boyd.

Boyd (6-foot-4, 206) was kicked off Vandy's football team prior to the 2013 season after being arrested on an aggravated rape charge. He later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. As a true freshman and sophomore, Boyd compiled 81 catches for 1,247 yards (15.4 YPR) and 13 scores. Although Boyd displayed NFL-caliber traits as an early-career collegiate, the off-field red flag combined with a 4.73 forty time at the Combine and 12 bench reps torpedoed his stock. He's a talented long shot.
May 11 - 4:48 PM

Bills signed Vanderbilt S Kenny Ladler.

Ladler (6-foot 1/8, 207) started 38 games for the Commodores and earned first-team All-SEC recognition from the conference's coaches as a senior. He finished his career with nine picks, 11 tackles for loss, and seven forced fumbles. Ladler ran a disappointing 4.70 forty at the Combine, but showed plus all-around athleticism with an explosive 10-foot-7 broad jump, and did 24 reps on the bench. A well-put-together, downhill safety, Ladler projects best as a strong safety with special teams value. He has a chance to develop into a passable NFL starter.
May 11 - 3:21 PM

Texans selected Vanderbilt CB Dre Hal with the No. 216 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Hal (5-foot-10 1/4, 188) earned second-team All-SEC honors as a junior and senior, finishing his Commodores career with six interceptions and 8.5 tackles for loss. He also has kickoff return experience. An average athlete for the cornerback position, Hal ran 4.50 at the Combine with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Due to short arms (30 1/2") and sub-optimal size, Hal profiles as a low-ceiling slot corner with special teams value.
May 10 - 5:32 PM

Steelers selected Vanderbilt C/G Wesley Johnson with the No. 173 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Johnson (6-foot-5 1/4, 297) earned first-team All-SEC recognition from the conference's coaches as a senior, setting a school record with 51 career starts. He made 42 at left tackle, seven at center, and two at left guard, allowing just two sacks between his junior and senior seasons. Short armed (33 1/8") but a good athlete, Johnson ran 5.11 at the Combine with a 29-inch vertical and 9-foot-3 broad jump. Johnson's best NFL projection is as a zone-blocking interior lineman.
May 10 - 3:40 PM

Eagles No. 42 pick WR Jordan Matthews will begin his career as a slot receiver, according to coach Chip Kelly.

Kelly will be thrilled to upgrade the slot from the stuck-in-the-mud Jason Avant to the big and projectable Matthews. The 6-foot-3 1/8, 212-pound Commodore, Jerry Rice's cousin, is the SEC's career record holder for receptions with 364 and receiving yards with 4,950. Matthews had a 4.46 forty and 10-foot broad jump at the combine.
May 10 - 12:35 AM

Eagles selected Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews with the No. 42 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Matthews (6-foot-3 1/8, 212) started for three-plus years at Vandy, setting SEC all-time records in catches (262) and yards (3,759) with 24 TDs. He was named first-team All-SEC as both a junior and senior by the conference's coaches. Despite standout measurables (4.46 forty, 10-foot broad jump), Matthews' detractors cite a lack of separation skills when deeming him a limited-ceiling prospect. We were impressed by his long arms (33 1/4"), huge hands (10 3/8"), toughness, and experience in the slot and outside. Jerry Rice's cousin, Matthews is a known gym rat with smarts (29 Wonderlic score) and savvy. A large portion of Matthews' receiving yards came on screen passes that were blocked perfectly, but the receiver has little wasted movement and good straight-line speed.
May 9 - 8:00 PM

Former Vanderbilt WR Chris Boyd had a visit with the Atlanta Falcons, according to the National Football Post's Aaron Wilson.

The 6-foot-4, 206-pound wideout, was dismissed from Vanderbilt football team after he allegedly assisted in a cover-up that included four other players on the football team, who were involved in a rape case. His charges were reduced to a misdemeanor since he was never present when the reported crime happened. Instead of transferring to another school, Boyd declared for the draft. In his short stint with the Commodores, Boyd hauled in 81 passes for 1,247 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a sophomore, Boyd caught 50 passes for 774 yards and five touchdowns. Boyd is projected to go anywhere from the third to the sixth-round of the draft.
May 2 - 1:05 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick "personally worked out" Vanderbilt T Wesley Johnson on Friday, according to The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt.

Apparently New England's coach was in Nashville to run the Rock & Roll Half Marathon, and sliced out enough time to oversee Johnson's workout. Johnson is merely a Day 3 prospect, but it's not hard to see why he might appeal to the Pats. The Commodore is undersized at 6-foot-5, 297 pounds, but he's extremely athletic, great for pulling and blocking in space, experienced, intelligent and a team leader. He'll need to bulk up.
Apr 26 - 5:46 PM

Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews will visit the Titans on Monday.

Matthews qualifies as a local college visit, so he will not count against the team's number of allotted in-house visits. The Commodore receiver would enter a crowded position in Tennessee, but the value could be quite good in the third-round range. Matthews' teammate, offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, will also visit. Johnson has generated some buzz since a few teams believe he can play every position along the line.
Mar 31 - 10:19 AM

Former LSU QB Stephen Rivers is expected to transfer to Vanderbilt, reports Matt Moscona of 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge.

Rivers, the younger brother of Chargers' QB Philip, will graduate in May, so he will be eligible to play immediately. LSU placed no transfer restrictions on him. He'll stay in the SEC, but LSU and Vanderbilt are not scheduled to play in 2014, barring a title run by both to the conference championship game.
Mar 29 - 5:31 PM

Missouri CB E.J. Gaines called Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews the best wide receiver he faced in his career.

This is interesting because Gaines has squared off against some of the best wide receivers in the nation during his career in both the Big 12 and SEC. In 2013, it should be noted, Gaines matched up across from Texas A&M's Mike Evans. "Matthews may be the most underrated in the [wide receiver] group," wrote CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman. "He's 6-3, 212, has huge hands and ran in the mid 4.4s. The guy made a ton of plays in the SEC despite being the main focus of rival teams and he was on one of the few teams that didn't have a standout QB."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 27 - 8:19 PM


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