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Vanderbilt and UNLV agreed to a home-and-home deal.

The Commodores will host UNLV on October 12, 2019. It will be the first meeting between the two schools. The Runnin' Rebels will host the second on September 16, 2023. That game may be played at the NFL’s Oakland Raiders new digs. That Las Vegas stadium is expected to be built in the next few years.
Jul 19 - 6:57 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt senior RB Ralph Webb benches 435, squats 565 and cleans 360.

Webb, the Commodores’ all-time leading rusher (3,342 yards), also vertical jumps 36.5 inches and does 27 bench reps at 225. This year, the the 5-foot-10, 202-pounder has a shot to finish as the SEC's No. 2 all-time rusher behind Herschel Walker.
Source: SI
Jul 18 - 2:21 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt senior RB Ralph Webb says he's the best running back in college football.

"I think I'm the best running back in the nation. ... I think my film is as good as anyone else's in the country," Webb said. We absolutely agree that the 5-foot-10, 202-pound Webb is underrated -- he's posted 1,100-plus rushing yard seasons in each of the past two years in the SEC and is also versatile -- but his assertion is overstating things. NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein has LSU's Derrius Guice, Penn State's Saquon Barkley and Alabama's Bo Scarbrough as the three best running backs in the country. He doesn't rank Webb in the top-10.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 12 - 4:57 PM

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason indefinitely suspended sophomore WR Donaven Tennyson.

Tennyson was trying to sell his cellphone when he had it stolen in a Chili's parking lot. In an attempt to recover it, he and defensive backs Tae Daley and Frank Coppet set up a meeting under an alias with the party that had stolen it. The Commodore players brought a pellet gun, while the robbers opened fire with real guns. Daley and Coppet suffered gunshot wounds.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 3:23 PM

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason indefinitely suspended redshirt freshman CB Frank Coppet.

Coppet received noncritical bird-shot wounds to his arms on Monday night while trying to recover wide receiver Donaven Tennyson's stolen cellphone along with fellow DB Tae Daley. Coppet and Daley confronted the party that stole Tennyson's phone with a pellet gun. That party responded by opening fire with an actual pistol and a shotgun.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 2:37 PM

Vanderbilt senior DT Nifae Lealao is being counted on to improve the Commodores' abysmal defensive havoc stats, according to ESPN's Alex Scarborough.

In 2016, Vanderbilt finished last in the SEC in sacks and among the worst nationally in TFL. The 6-foot-5, 312-pound nose guard Lealao might be the team's best shot to improve upon those numbers. Last year, he displayed the "size and strength to punish in the running game" and the "quickness to fight off blocks and disrupt the quarterback," wrote Scarborough. "If he develops into one of the best interior linemen in the SEC as coach Derek Mason expects, it would be a huge boost to a struggling defense."
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 1:54 PM

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason indefinitely suspended freshman S Tae Daley.

Daley is being punished for his involvement in an incident that resulted in him suffering a noncritical gunshot wound to the leg. He and fellow defensive back Frank Coppet botched an ill-conceived plan on Monday night to recover wide receiver Donaven Tennyson's stolen cellphone.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 12:25 PM

Vanderbilt freshman S Tae Daley and redshirt freshman CB Frank Coppet were shot on Monday after attempting to take back a stolen cell phone.

Daley was shot in the leg, while Coppet was hit in the arm. Both suffered non-critical injuries. Daley and Coppet were attempting to get teammate Donaven Tennyson's stolen cell phone back through a scheme that involved creating a fake profile to set up a meeting. Clearly, that meeting went south. Vanderbilt has yet to release a timeline for their recoveries.
Jun 28 - 2:48 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt freshman CB Frank Coppet and freshman S Tae Daley were shot on Monday after attempting to take back a stolen cell phone.

Daley was shot in the leg, Coppet the arm. The injuries are considered non-critical. This unfortunate incident came about after teammate Donaven Tennyson had his cell phone stolen. The players then concocted a scheme to get the device back. Tennyson told police that after his phone was stolen at a meeting in which he attempted to sell it, he created a fake profile and arranged a second meeting with the alleged thief. Coppet and Daley came along with a pellet gun, but when they got out of their vehicle in the parking lot of a Target, the suspected assailant opened fire from a Buick Sedan. Vanderbilt has yet to offer comment on this shooting. The suspect(s) remain at large.
Source: WSMV.com
Jun 27 - 6:37 PM

Vanderbilt received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 CB Tre Douglas.

Douglas (6'2/180) sided with Vanderbilt over big dogs like Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and Oklahoma. Scout.com's Chris Smith offers a scouting breakdown of the McDonough, Georgia, native, writing, "Douglas is a elite level corner back who has size, athleticism, length and the skill set to become a lock down cover corner on the college level." Smith believes that Douglas' commitment could bolster Vanderbilt's recruiting efforts moving forward, as he ranks as the No. 237 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle and could potentially help to heighten the allure of the program now that he is in the fold.
Jun 22 - 4:29 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly writes that Vanderbilt junior QB Kyle Shurmur is " willing to stand in and take punishment."

While Connolly is a fan of Shurmur's toughness, he was less charitable with the rest of the junior's game, noting that the 6-foot-4, 226-pounder "doesn’t process things quickly enough, nor does he play 'on-time' as often as Vanderbilt’s system demands." Schurmur threw for 2,409 yards (54.4% completions) with a 9/10 TD/INT ratio last season. Vandy OC Andy Ludwig said earlier this offseason that he expects Shurmur to be a "much more developed player (in 2017)" than what he has shown so far.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 16 - 5:13 PM

Missouri redshirt junior QB Marvin Zanders transferred to Vanderbilt as a graduate.

Zanders had actually been expected to transfer to Virginia, but he backed out of those plans. Presumably, this transfer to Vanderbilt will actually stick. Gridiron Now's Chadd Scott hears that the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder feels a level of comfort in Nashville which swayed him over to the Commodores. While he will be eligible to play immediately in 2017, starting action would require a huge push to supplant incumbent starter Kyle Shurmur. That is unlikely. More likely, that Zanders -- who rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns in eight games last season -- will be used as more of a change-of-pace backup. Having graduated from Missouri early, Zanders will have two years of eligibility remaining to his fair name after he joins Vandy this summer.
Jun 13 - 9:44 PM

Missouri redshirt senior QB Marvin Zanders will not be transferring to Virginia as previously planned.

Zanders had been set to transfer to Virginia as a graduate, with that news initially breaking at the end of January. However, UVA HC Bronco Mendenhall announced on Friday that he will not be enrolling at the university. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder played in eight games during the past season, though only in a backup capacity to Missouri starter Drew Lock. He completed 10-of-12 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 198 yards and two ground scores in that space. Zanders' next move now that Virginia is off the table is not yet known.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 2:35 PM

ESPN's Sam Kahn Jr. writes that Vanderbilt freshman DE Dayo Odeyingbo might need to add weight before he is truly ready to see the field.

Kahn likes Odeyingbo as a potential early-impact freshman, but would like to see him pack on a bit of bulk to his 6-foot-5, 255-pound frame. That aside, the analyst thinks that the true frosh defensive end "has the athleticism [HC Derek] Mason wants to add on defense." Scout.com's Gabe Brooks noted last summer that so long as Odeyingbo takes advantage of the facilities offered by Vanderbilt, his "strength potential is through the roof."
Source: ESPN.com
May 25 - 9:23 PM

Vanderbilt received a verbal commit from four-star 2018 LB Alston Orji.

"This is an excellent pickup for Vanderbilt, both from an ability and need standpoint," writes ESPN's Craig Haubert, who adds that Orji "could arrive with an opportunity to quickly compete for playing time or at least add quality depth." Haubert comps him to former Florida LB Jarrad Davis and notes that "like Davis, (Orji) can be an explosive and physical defender with the tools to be a strong three-down contributor." The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder ranks as the Worldwide Leader's No. 288 overall prospect. Rivals is even more optimistic about his collegiate potential, slotting him in at No. 90 on their 2018 master list.
May 25 - 6:03 PM


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