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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 released senior QB Stephen Rivers from his scholarship, allowing Rivers to transfer.

As a graduate, Rivers will be eligible to play immediately wherever he chooses in 2015 for his final season of eligibility. "I am looking forward to playing and contributing to the success of another team and finishing my final year of eligibility," Rivers said on Twitter. Philip Rivers' younger brother started his career at LSU and transferred to Vanderbilt one year ago. Stephen rarely saw the field in 2014.
Jan 19 - 9:34 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

The Tennessean's Adam Sparks reports that Vanderbilt HC Derek Mason has stated that he will keep redshirt freshman QB Johnny McCrary as his starting quarterback.

On Monday, Coach Mason noted on his radio call-in show that he would rather ride the hot hand of redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary rather than go with Patton Robinette, who has now been medically cleared from his concussion. Robinette has not played, since he suffered a concussion during Vanderbilt's loss to South Carolina on Sept. 20th. McCrary was recently named the SEC freshman of the week, for his record setting performance against Old Dominion on Saturday night. The Vanderbilt prospect tied a school-record throwing 5 touchdowns, while completing 20 of 29 passes for 281 yards.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 03:01:00 PM

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."
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 02:47:00 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.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 11:49:00 AM


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