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Vanderbilt senior edge rusher Caleb Azubike's "potential is as great as a night in downtown Nashville," according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"He was born in Nigeria and moved from England as a youth, so he's relatively inexperienced," Reuter wrote. "I'll bank on him stepping up his game using his powerful 6-foot-4, 270-pound frame as a senior." He's not the only one. Vanderbilt HC Derek Mason said earlier this month that he believes Azubike (pronounced az-ZOO-bah-KAY) will break out in 2015. "I moved Caleb to outside 'backer a year ago, and really in the 3-4 structure, he's not an outside 'backer. What he is is a 5-technique," Mason said. "But I do know this, now understanding a year later who he is and what we are defensively, it allows me to get him more one-on-one matchups."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 31 - 10:22 PM

Vanderbilt HC Derek Mason believes edge rusher Caleb Azubike is going to break out in 2015.

"I moved Caleb to outside 'backer a year ago, and really in the 3-4 structure, he's not an outside 'backer. What he is is a 5-technique," Mason said. "But I do know this, now understanding a year later who he is and what we are defensively, it allows me to get him more one-on-one matchups." The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Azubike has posted four sacks in all three of his seasons at Vandy. Mason is expecting more this fall. "I can move Caleb from the 3- to the 5-technique, and right now he's about 275 (pounds)," he said. "So I'm excited about what he is and where he is. This guy can have a tremendous year as an end."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 16 - 8:59 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt senior TE Steven Scheu's "sticky hands and overall quickness gives him a shot to be one of the most productive tight ends in the SEC," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The fifth-year senior had 39 catches and four touchdowns last year, including 20 receptions and three scores in the last five games. "Scheu plays with enough athleticism and play speed to attack safeties down the field, and I love his aggressive demeanor after the catch," Zierlein wrote. The analyst ranks Scheu as the No. 7 tight end in the NCAA.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 2:02 AM

Despite only having coached for one season, NFL Media believes Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason will be coaching for his career in 2015.

The site ranks him as having the No. 10 hottest seat in the entire sport. "Yes, he has been at Vandy for only one season. But the Commodores looked woefully unprepared in every SEC game last season, losing all eight of their league games by an average of 22.5 points per contest," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Any momentum the program had gained from the James Franklin years came to a dead stop. If the Commodores look that bad again, can school officials afford to keep Mason?" The Commodores went 3-9 last year and finished 108th in passing yards, 116th in rushing yards and 120th in points per game. It was a hard brand of football to sit through once.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 2 - 8:32 PM

Vanderbilt has moved junior DB Darrius Sims to RB full-time.

Sims has made his biggest impact as a return, but also lined up at nickel back, running back and receiver. Vandy has a new offensive coordinator, and Sims might be the fastest player on the team. That skill could be a featured tool in the Commodores' offense.
May 21 - 10:13 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang points out that Vanderbilt redshirt junior OT Andrew Jelks' "quickness shows up in the running game, where he's often able to pin defenders inside to create a lane for his teammates to exploit."

This Freshman All-American right tackle (2013) shifted to left tackle a season ago. Rang surmises that Jelks' NFL future may be at guard because Jelks shows good initial quickness and has impressive strength with which he controls defenders. There are issues, however. "[Jelks] has some stiffness in his upper body, which makes him susceptible to pure speed rushers and counter moves," Rang wrote. "Jelks is a patient, savvy blocker who understands angles and doesn't panic. He plays on the balls of his feet and shows good recognition of stunts and twists."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 12:22 AM

Vanderbilt DT Vince Taylor posted 36 repetitions on the bench press at Vanderbilt's Pro Day.

That number would have led all defensive linemen at the Combine. It certainly earned him attention, but Taylor, who can play either 4-3 DT or 3-4 NG, is essentially useless as a pass rusher, which probably seals his fate as a UDFA. "Taylor lacks great size but his weight room strength shows up on tape as he's tough to move off his spot. Better yet, he shows surprisingly light feet and is a fiery competitor who pursues to the edges," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. "Taylor only has phone-booth quickness, however and isn't much of a pass rush threat. He did improve throughout his collegiate career and has the stout frame and effort to surprise if given an opportunity."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 11:03 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt senior TE Steven Scheu "offers a prototypical frame for his position as well as soft, reliable hands," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Schue is following in star receiver Jordan Matthews' footsteps as a gifted pass-catching option for Vandy. "Whether lining up next to the tackle or split wide, he shows good build-up speed to beat defenders down the seam and uses his size well to shield defenders from the ball," Rang wrote. "Scheu's greatest asset is his vision to track passes and his hands. He shows the ability to pluck passes away from his frame, showing good extension and hand-eye coordination to make difficult receptions." The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder runs a 4.79 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 6:21 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt junior OLB Stephen Weatherly "looks the part of an NFL prospect with broad shoulders and long limbs," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"He is often used off the edge as a pass rusher, showing enough burst to cross the face of tackles," Rang wrote. "He needs to add more functional strength to threaten as a bull rusher, as well as improve his awareness of cut blocks. Weatherly shows agility and awareness in coverage, quickly changing directions and pursuing with passion." Weatherly really came on last year and is considered one of the SEC's most promising defenders. He posted 55 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 12.5 TFL, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 5:50 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Vanderbilt C Joe Townsend "may project best at right guard due to his lack of ideal athleticism and balance."

The three-year starter at center for the Commodores is a bit of a tweener, which is why he's going to struggle to get drafted despite his stellar collegiate career. Townsend isn't quite athletic enough to play NFL center and he isn't quite big or strong enough to project comfortably to guard. "Townsend looks the part of an NFL center with broad shoulders and a well-distributed frame," Rang wrote. "He has good initial quickness for the position, though he tops out quickly and struggles to redirect when blocking at the second level. Townsend relies on angles to cut off defenders from the action and too often he's beat to the punch, struggling to recover when he isn't in ideal position. He has a bad habit of leaning into defenders on contact and spends too much time on the ground."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 5:05 PM

Vanderbilt LS Andrew East "could warrant interest in the 7th round or as a free agent," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Long snappers are very rarely drafted, but East is elite and might become an exception. He participated in the Senior Bowl and has been of the nation's best long snappers the past few years. "Though he lacks elite size for the position, East shows good overall athleticism on coverage units, posting seven tackles over the past two seasons and catching a 35-yard pass as a redshirt freshman off a fake punt against Georgia back in 2011," Rang wrote. "East shows good velocity and accuracy on his snaps and is a bit of a legacy as his father, Guy, was a three-year starting snapper at Purdue."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 17 - 11:44 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt senior DT Vince Taylor will play in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

Taylor gasses easily and is essentially useless as a pass rusher, which probably seals his fate as a UDFA. CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Taylor "is a long shot to make the NFL jump but possesses the wide frame and strength to eat up blocks at the all-important nose guard position." The 6-foot-1, 310-pound prospect "has the Coke-machine like frame that makes him difficult to move off of the line of scrimmage" and can "surprise opponents with his initial quickness," Rang added.
Jan 7 - 3:51 PM

Vanderbilt senior LS Andrew East accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

East has functioned as the Commodores' long snapper in all four of his years on campus. One of the best long snappers in the country, East is said to combine superb technique with enough athleticism to cover downfield in punt coverage.
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 06:32:00 PM

Vanderbilt has released offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell and WR coach Marc Lubick.

The Commodores ended the season 3-9 and were 108th in passing yards, 116th in rushing yards and 120th in points for per game. That obviously will not cut it in the SEC.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 01:15:00 PM

The Tennessean's Adam Sparks reports that Vanderbilt redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary and sophomore QB Patton Robinette will "share snaps in the final two games."

"The quarterback carousel has spanned the entire 10 games so far, and it looks like it will stretch to season’s end. Redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary has played relatively well (8 TDs, 3 INTs) in three straight starts, but season-opening starter Patton Robinette is back now. Look for both to share snaps in the final two games," Sparks wrote. Robinette has not played, since he suffered a concussion during Vanderbilt's loss to South Carolina on Sept. 20th.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 02:24:00 PM


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