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The Tennessean's Adam Sparks reports that Vanderbilt freshman QB Johnny McCrary will get his first career start at Missouri on Saturday.

Sophomore QB Patton Robinette still remains out after suffering a concussion during Vanderbilt's loss to South Carolina Sept. 20th. True freshman QB Wade Freebeck, has filled in for Robinette in his absence, but Freebeck suffered a "small finger injury" during Vanderbilt's 21-20 win over Charleston Southern on Oct. 11th according to HC Mason. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound McCrary was brought in to finish the game and he completed 10 of 16 passes for 169 yards, with one TD and one interception. Sparks believes that McCrary's "mobility might be more of an asset against the Tigers, who lead the SEC in sacks."
Oct 22 - 2:47 PM

Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason has pegged true freshman Wade Freebeck has the team's starting QB against UMass on Saturday.

Freebeck is the first true freshman to start since 1998. "Mason and the offensive staff believe Freebeck can jumpstart a sluggish Commodore offense," the school's athletics site writes. The true freshman will be the fourth quarterback to play for the Commodores this season. In two games. Good luck.
Sep 13 - 11:49 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Vanderbilt redshirt senior DT Vince 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-foo-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. Taylor finished the regular season by setting career highs with 12 solo tackles, 18 total stops and a QB hurry.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 6:10 PM

NFL scouts want to see how Vanderbilt redshirt senior DE/OLB Kyle Woestmann transitions to the team's new 3-4 scheme, reports CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Woestmann shows just average explosiveness off the ball out of the three-point stance but possesses active hands and good leg drive to bull rush his way into the backfield," Rang wrote. "He's a bit stiff in his midsection, showing less-than-ideal fluidity when changing directions in pursuit. He does, however, possess a terrific motor, frequently chasing down ball-carriers in pursuit and gets his hands up into passing lanes. Woestmann possesses good upper body strength and is a solid, wrap-up tackler who has forced four fumbles over his career." Woestmann finished with 40 tackles and six sacks as a first-time starter last year at defensive end. "The scheme change could result in improved numbers for Woestmann, as well as convince scouts that he possesses the versatility to attack off the edge at the next level," Rang wrote. "With every team in the league looking for passionate edge rushers to play hybrid roles, Woestmann is one to watch."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 4:22 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Vanderbilt senior C Joe Townsend "could earn Day Three consideration."

"Mastering a new scheme and maintaining his reputation as one of the grittiest centers in college football, Townsend could earn Day Three consideration," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 312 pound Townsend leads the Commodores with 22 career starts to his resume and was named to the Rimington Award's Watch List as one of the nation's top centers. Last season, the Commodores prospect was credited with 32 knockdown blocks and 21 blocks that led directly to Commodore touchdowns or first downs.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 3:10 PM

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.
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