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Vanderbilt signed four-star S Joejuan Williams.

Williams checks into the ESPN 300 at No. 200, the only ESPN 300 name to sign a letter of intent with the program. The 6-foot-3, 194-pound safety also took visits to Penn State and LSU before he decided that the Commodores were the right fit for him. Per the Worldwide Leader's scouting report, Williams has "ball-hawk attributes," though they also note that he's not strong in man-to-man coverage at this point of his career and lacks "sudden lateral fluidness," which is a phrase that could probably be worked into our lives more often.
Feb 8 - 4:28 PM

The East-West Shrine Game added Vanderbilt senior S Andrew Williamson to the roster.

The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder posted a career-high 54 tackles as a junior and logged 41 tackles as a senior in 2015. Known as a leader and a hard-hitter, Williamson made 19 starts in his Vanderbilt career. Williamson is joining teammate TE Steven Scheu at the event.
Jan 15 - 6:04 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt sophomore QB Johnny McCrary will transfer.

Because McCrary is about to graduate, he'll be eligible to play next year wherever he winds up. He lost his job to freshman Kyle Shurmur in the fall, setting the stage for his exit. McCrary has a career 15/20 TD/INT rate over 17 games, including a 6/11 TD/INT rate in eight games against SEC teams.
Jan 7 - 7:20 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt junior OLB Stephen Weatherly has declared himself eligible for the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder logged 27 TFL, 11.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown over his three seasons with the Commodores. Weatherly indicated that he's training in Norcross, Ga., and wants to get his weight up to 265 pounds. "I want to test at that weight, and I feel like I could still run 4.5 (seconds in the 40-yard dash)," Weatherly said. "That size and speed would look good, especially since I want to be an every-down guy." Weatherly is big and offers scheme versatility. "I feel pretty fortunate that I have experience in both — with my hand down in a 4-3 and as an outside linebacker in a 3-4," Weatherly said. "My numbers came down a little bit this year, but defenses were respecting me a lot more and (All-SEC linebacker Zach) Cunningham’s numbers went through the roof."
Jan 5 - 5:34 PM

Vanderbilt freshman QB Kyle Shurmur completed 15-of-34 passes for 209 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 53-28 loss to Tennessee.

Shurmur had previously seen action along with sophomore Johnny McCrary, but Saturday marked his first full start. He would toss two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to finish with a respectable statistical day despite the lopsided final score. Vanderbilt needed to win their final two games to become bowl-eligible. Instead, they lost both by a combined score of 78-28. Ouchie.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 09:15:00 PM

Vanderbilt freshman QB Kyle Shurmur will start Saturday against Tennessee.

Commodores HC Derek Mason had been going with a dual-quarterback system that also featured sophomore Johnny McCrary, but that plan has been sacked. "For us, Kyle Shurmur needs to step on the football field," Mason said. "He needs to get a feel for what this Tennessee rivalry is, and what it means, and how this game needs to be played." Texas A&M just shut out Vanderbilt, which tells you everything you need to know about this offense.
Source: SEC Country
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 06:26:00 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt senior TE Steven Scheu accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Scheu came into the season as a possible Day 3 pick. After posting 39 catches for 525 yards and four touchdowns in 2014, he's dropped off to 22-204-0 this year. Rotoworld's Josh Norris does not rank Scheu as one of the nine best draft-eligible TEs.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 02:20:00 PM

On the school's official depth chart, Vanderbilt redshirt sophomore QB Johnny McCrary is listed as a co-starter with freshman Kyle Shurmur.

Ahead of Saturday's game against Kentucky, we have the infamous "or" separating McCrary and Shurmur's names. McCrary has been thoroughly unimpressive in moving the offense, which features one of the nation's most lethargic aerial attacks. The ballyhooed Shurmur has played and thus can't be redshirted. Expect to see him more often down the stretch.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 08:55:00 PM

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason declined to name redshirt sophomore Johnny McCrary starter for Saturday's game against Missouri.

Mason is playing coy in his search for that elusive first SEC win, saying he might play all three of Vanderbilt's quarterbacks. We don't blame him. The Commodores have a great defense but haven't gotten much from the QB position (or the offense in general). McCrary was a turnover machine in last week’s 19-10 loss at South Carolina. The fans want to see heralded freshman quarterback Kyle Shurmur. Sophomore backup Wade Freebeck is the other option.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 06:56:00 PM

Vanderbilt junior DB Darrius Sims "comes with all sorts of questions about where he'll fit best in the NFL," CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes.

The Vanderbilt prospect has spent time at running back,wide receiver, nickel cornerback and as both punt and kick returner for the Commodores. Rang believes Sims' "size limitations and the fact that Vanderbilt has played him virtually everywhere" is a good reason he hasn't received much interest from scouts. With that being said, Vanderbilt will rely on Sims abilities on the offensive side of the ball, and as a kick returner. Sims showcased his talents as a returner, averaging 24.5 yards on 31 returns, which lead the SEC in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 03:21:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls Vanderbilt senior edge rusher Caleb Azubike "Vanderbilt's most intriguing prospect."

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Azubike has registered four sacks each of the past three years, while being utilized as a defensive end and outside linebacker in Vanderbilt's 3-4 defense. Last season, Azubike dealt with nagging injuries, which limited his production in the last three games of the season. Rang notes that Azubike has "flashed natural pass rush skills throughout his career."
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 02:54:00 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt senior TE Steven Scheu's "size and soft hands could make him an effective security blanket," CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes.

"The concern with Scheu is speed. He's a bit of a plodder, showing little explosiveness as a route-runner to gain separation on his routes or after the catch. While not the seam threat that NFL teams would prefer at tight end in today's high-octane passing attacks, Scheu's size and soft hands could make him an effective security blanket on short and intermediate routes, especially in the red zone," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Scheu finished the 2014 season with 39 catches for 525 yards and four touchdowns. Vanderbilt's big-bodied target has 26 career starts on his resume, with the ability to line up as an inline blocker and split out wide in the Commodores offense.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 02:09:00 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt junior OT Andrew Jelks will miss the 2015 season after suffering a knee injury on Wednesday.

Jelks' knee injury occurred during Wednesday's 11-on-11 drill. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound redshirt junior had started 21 straight games for the Commodores. In a statement, head coach Derek Mason said, "It’s time for others to step up and claim a more substantial role in the success of our offense. We definitely have players on our roster that can fill the void left by Andrew’s departure." Mason is putting on a brave face, but realistically, it's going to be tough for them to replace the level of talent they just lost. The team is absolutely reeling on offense right now, with top wideout C.J. Duncan also done for the season due to a leg injury sustained last week.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 06:40:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that NFL scouts see Vanderbilt redshirt senior TE Steven Scheu as a potential Day 3 pick.

"Scouts feel tight end Steve Scheu could develop into a late rounder but I feel his blocking is average and his speed is subpar," Pauline wrote. Scheu currently doesn't have a draftable grade from Pauline himself. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Scheu had 39 catches for 525 yards and four touchdowns in 2014.
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 11:46:00 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt sophomore WR C.J. Duncan will miss the 2015 season with a lower leg injury.

Duncan led the Commodores in receiving last season with 441 yards and four touchdowns. Yes, Vanderbilt's top receiver did not break 450 yards for five touchdowns.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 03:34:00 PM


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