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01/02/19 - (CB) - *JoeJuan Williams, Jr, 6-2, 208
Vanderbilt cornerback Joejuan Williams is bypassing his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Williams revealed his plans via Twitter on Saturday. The 6-foot-3 Williams finished his junior season with 61 tackles, four interceptions and 13 pass breakups. He was a second-team selection on The Associated Press all-SEC team and the coaches' all-SEC team. Williams said in his tweet that he "had many memorable experiences at Vandy" and he wanted to thank "everyone who has made an impact" on his college career. He added: "I'm going to miss my teammates the most, over the years I acquired a set of brothers and we share a bond that will never be broken." Vanderbilt (6-7) finished its season Thursday with a 45-38 Texas Bowl loss to Baylor. - AP College Football


11/18/18 - (QB) - Kyle Shurmur, Sr, 6-3, 225
Kyle Shurmur hit Kalija Lipscomb with a 5-yard touchdown pass in overtime, and the Vanderbilt Commodores edged Mississippi 36-29 Saturday night to keep their bowl hopes alive for another week. Vandy scored first, and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Lipscomb for tossing the ball in the air after his TD gave Ole Miss the ball at the 12. Three plays later, review overturned Jordan Ta'amu's 8-yard TD pass to A.J. Brown, ruling that Brown did not maintain possession. On fourth down, Joejuan Williams helped break up the throw to DaMarkus Lodge at the left pylon. Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) trailed 13-0 early in the second quarter and rallied by scoring 19 straight points to beat Ole Miss for the second time in three years. The game featured three ties in the second half, and Luke Logan's fifth field goal from 32 yards with 40 seconds left for Ole Miss set up overtime. Now the Commodores will have a chance to earn their second bowl berth in three seasons if they can beat instate rival Tennessee in the regular-season finale. - AP College Football


10/29/18 - (OT) - Justin Skule, Sr, 6-5, 315
OCT 29 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Justin Skule, OT, Vanderbilt,...A three-year starter on the Commodore offensive front, Skule had a pivotal blocking role in three Vanderbilt's four rushing touchdowns in a 45-31 road win at Arkansas Saturday...While earning a winning block grade playing 72 offensive snaps, Skule also contributed two pancake blocks and allowed zero hurries or sacks of VU quarterback Kyle Shurmur...Skule had key blocks on all three of Ke'Shawn Vaughn's rushing touchdowns. Vaughn ended the game with 172 rushing yards, the most by a Commodore in SEC play since Lew Thomas ran for 173 yards versus Auburn in 2001...In the win over Arkansas, the VU offensive attack produced 442 total yards, 250 rushing yards and the team's highest point production in a SEC road game since 1971. - SEC Football


10/03/18 - (C) - Bruno Reagan, rSr, 6-3, 315
RG Bruno Reagan remains VU's starter at right guard, but in the last two weeks has gotten a number of reps at center, his position last year, with Vanderbilt's struggles there. According to Pro Football Focus, Reagan leads Vanderbilt's offense in snaps (342) and his 81.7 overall grade is the second-highest among all Commodores.


09/11/18 - (DB) - Zaire Jones, Fr, 6-5, 319
SS Zaire Jones returns from a two-game suspension after an off-field incident during which he nicked a police officer with his car as he tried to drive around a traffic barrier. He's listed as a second-teamer behind Tae Daley.


09/11/18 - (QB) - Kyle Shurmur, Sr, 6-3, 225
QB Kyle Shurmur's accuracy will be key against Notre Dame. The senior has hit 67.3 percent of his 49 throws, averaging 8.7 yards per throw. More importantly, Shurmur has four touchdowns and no interceptions.


08/30/18 - (CB) - *JoeJuan Williams, Jr, 6-2, 208
CB JoeJuan Williams didn't put up great numbers -- no interceptions, 10 break-ups, 39 tackles, one forced fumble -- last year. But some of that was by design; teams simply don't much want to throw at the talented 6-foot-3, 210-pound corner. On Tuesday, coach Derek Mason talked of using him some at nickel this season, depending on the matchup.


06/20/18 - (DE) - Rutger Reitmaier, rFr, 6-3, 275
DL Rutger Reitmaier, a transfer from Oregon, has received a waiver from the NCAA that makes him eligible to play immediately for Vanderbilt. Reitmaier, who is from Nashville where Vanderbilt in located, signed with Oregon and participated in the Ducks' 2017 spring practice, but left the school and sat out the 2017 season, He enrolled at Vanderbilt in January. "Adding Rutger to our roster is huge," Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. "He adds depth, athleticism and will be a key piece for us. I'm excited about what an impactful player he is, and it's great to add another quality player from Nashville." Reitmaier participated in Vanderbilt's spring practice recently.


03/13/18 - (RB) - Ralph Webb, rSr, 5-09, 202
The cheering grew noticeably louder at the midway point of Vanderbilt's Pro Day on Tuesday, when running back Ralph Webb took his turn on the bench press. Webb, the Commodores' all-time leading rusher, turned in a whopping 27 reps at 225 pounds, sparking hoots and howls from his surrounding teammates. Amid the ensuing high-fives, at least one Vanderbilt player wasn't surprised. "I knew I was going to kill the bench," Webb said. "I've always been pretty strong, one of the strongest guys on the team. I figured I'd get about 25-27 reps." Webb's performance was just one piece of Pro Day, when 18 former Commodores worked out for a host of NFL scouts at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility. In all, 29 NFL teams ventured to Nashville to assess the pro prospects of several Vanderbilt standouts.

Like many of his teammates, Webb hopes to forge his own NFL career. The Gainesville, Fla. product finished his collegiate career as a four-year starter and the Commodores' career rushing leader with 4,173 yards. That number places his sixth all-time in SEC history. At Pro Day, Webb showed out in front of NFL scouts. He leaped for a 36-inch vertical jump and 10' 2'' broad jump, then clocked a fast 4.48 40-yard dash. Webb then showed flashes of pass-catching out of the backfield, the very versatility he hopes will pique the interests of NFL teams. "It's just coming out and showing that I can run, I'm fast and I can catch the ball out the backfield," Webb said. "I've got great tape. I know I can run the ball. They just want to see where I can move it around and be versatile. I think I came out here and did that today." - Vanderbilt Football

11/27/17 - (C) - Bruno Reagan, rSr, 6-3, 315
NOV 27 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Bruno Reagan, OL, Vanderbilt...Reagan contributed five knockdown blocks, including a key block resulting in Ralph Webb's school-record 31st career rushing touchdown, and did not allow a quarterback hurry in a superb offensive line performance that helped Vanderbilt defeat cross-state rival Tennessee 42-24 in Knoxville...Reagan played every offensive snap, anchoring a line that helped Vanderbilt produce a season-high 33 first downs, 246 rushing yards and 529 total yards, the most by the Commodores this season...The Commodore victory in Knoxville was highlighted by an offensive display that included 163 rushing yards by Webb and four touchdown passes by Kyle Shurmur. It was Webb's highest rushing total ever against an SEC opponent. Shurmur finished the year with 26 touchdown passes, a new team record. - SEC Football


11/25/17 - (RB) - Ralph Webb, rSr, 5-09, 202
Kyle Shurmur threw for 283 yards and four touchdowns as Vanderbilt knocked off Tennessee 42-24 on Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. It's the first conference win for the Commodores (5-7, 1-7 SEC), while the Volunteers (4-8, 0-8 SEC) finished the season winless in the SEC and mired in the East division basement. It's the second time in as many years that Vanderbilt dealt Tennessee a season-ending loss and the fourth win for the Commodores in their last six games against the Vols. Shurmur's third four-touchdown game this season was part of a 529-yard onslaught by the Commodores.

Ralph Webb rushed for 163 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his final collegiate game. The senior also passed Florida's Errict Rhett for sixth among the SEC's all-time leading rushers with 4,169 career yards. Trent Sherfield added 81 receiving yards and a pair of scoring grabs for Vanderbilt. Tennessee jumped out to a 14-7 lead on a 2-yard touchdown catch by Marquez Callaway and a 1-yard scoring run by John Kelly. Vanderbilt stormed back, however, taking a 21-14 lead into the break on a 2-yard touchdown run by Webb and a 30-yard scoring heave from Shurmur to Kalija Lipscomb with 2:37 remaining in the half. Shurmur connected with C.J. Duncan for a 9-yard touchdown in the first quarter to open the scoring for the Commodores. Duncan finished with 99 receiving yards. - The Sports Xchange

11/04/17 - (WR) - Trent Sherfield, Sr, 6-0, 203
Vanderbilt wide receiver Trent Sherfield had 127 yards of total offense and two touchdowns, helping the Commodores to a 31-17 win over Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt Stadium. The Vanderbilt defense held WKU (5-4) to minus-6 rushing yards on 30 attempts, though that included six sacks. WKU quarterback Mike White was 31 of 50 for 324 yards and an interception, and added two rushing touchdowns. Leading by four after Western kicker Mike Nuss drilled a 29-yard field goal, Vanderbilt answered late in the third quarter when Sherfield raced 45 yards on a jet sweep for a score and a 28-17 Vandy lead after kicker Tommy Openshaw's point-after. Openshaw's 39-yard field goal, just his second of the year, put Vandy up 14 with 9:58 to play.

Vanderbilt (4-5) took the ball first and marched 75 yards in 11 plays, with quarterback Kyle Shurmur finding Sherfield in the back of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown. After the teams exchanged punts, White hit wide receiver Lucky Jackson with a 34-yard toss down the left side, setting up a touchdown pass from wide receiver Nacarius Fant to wide receiver Quinton Baker. But Vandy punched right back, with running back Ralph Webb (23 carries for 104 yards) scoring on an 8-yard run to cap a 75-yard drive on the next series. Late in the second quarter, Jackson got behind Vandy corner Bryce Lewis and White found him for 54 yards down the left sideline to the Commodores 27, setting up White's 3-yard scoring run moments later. The Commodores took a 21-14 halftime lead after Shurmur threw the ball over the middle to a well-covered wide receiver Chris Pierce. - The Sports Xchange

10/14/17 - (RB) - Ralph Webb, rSr, 5-09, 202
Vanderbilt's Ralph Webb has pushed his way up to 15th place on the Southeastern Conference career rushing chart. The senior ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the first half. He now has 3,679 career rushing yards, passing former Alabama star Derrick Henry, who ran for 3,591 yards from 2013-15. Webb has a good chance to get to 4,000 career yards by the end of the season, which would put him in the league's top 10 all-time. Some of the big names he could catch include LSU's Leonard Fournette (3,830 yards), Florida's Emmitt Smith (3,928) and even possibly Auburn's Bo Jackson (4,303). The SEC's all-time leading rusher is Georgia's Herschel Walker, who ran for 5,259 yards from 1980-82. Ole Miss was leading Vanderbilt 35-21 at halftime. - AP College Football


10/03/17 - (CB) - Taurean Ferguson, rSr, 5-09, 193
CB Taurean Ferguson returned from a four-game suspension and started the Florida game.


10/03/17 - (OLB) - Charles Wright, rSr, 6-3, 240
LB Charles Wright is tied for the SEC lead with 5 1/2 sacks, and tied for third with 6 1/2 tackles for loss, but has been neutralized by bigger, more athletic fronts in the last two weeks.


10/02/17 - (TE) - Jared Pinkney, rJr, 6-4, 255
Vanderbilt redshirt sophomore TE Jared Pinkney "has excellent size and length" with "the ability to run routes and pluck the ball," wrote ex-Rams scout Danton Barto at @ITLScoutsNotes. Insidetheleague.com


10/02/17 - (DE) - Jonathan Wynn, rSr, 6-4, 256
In Vanderbilt's loss to Florida Saturday, Commodores DE Jonathan Wynn showed "burst off the (line of scrimmage), good use of hands and tenacity," according to Inside the League's Danton Barto. Insidetheleague.com


10/02/17 - (RB) - Ralph Webb, rSr, 5-09, 202
Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb "shows good burst to the hole" and has "hands, vision and runs below his pads," wrote Inside the League's Danton Barto at @ITLScoutsNotes. Insidetheleague.com


09/30/17 - (RB) - Ralph Webb, rSr, 5-09, 202
RB Ralph Webb was limited to 29 yards on 11 carries vs. Florida. He has just 198 yards this season after setting a school record with 1,283 last season.


09/28/17 - (RB) - Ralph Webb, rSr, 5-09, 202
RB Ralph Webb (169 yards), the school's all-time leading rusher, is averaging a career-worst 2.6 yards per carry. Webb hasn't had a lot of holes and hasn't been decisive about hitting the ones he's had.


09/21/17 - (OLB) - Charles Wright, rSr, 6-3, 240
Charles Wright, OLB, Vanderbilt...The Commodores' take the third-best defense in the country (3.44 yards per play allowed) into their game against No. 1 Alabama, and Wright has been major part of that. The junior is second in the nation in sacks with six after getting two and a couple of hurries in Vanderbilt's 14-7 victory against Kansas State. The last time a Commodores player has had as many as six sacks in a season was 2012. - AP College Football


09/18/17 - (SS) - LaDarius Wiley, rSr, 6-1, 210
SEPT 18 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: LaDarius Wiley, S, Vanderbilt...Wiley registered a career-high 11 tackles, intercepted a pass and knocked down two other attempts, leading Vanderbilt's defense in an impressive 14-7 victory over No. 18 Kansas State. The win allowed Vanderbilt to go 3-0 for the first time since 2011...Wiley's effort helped spark a Commodore defense effort that limited a K-State offense averaging 55 points and 506 yards to a lone touchdown and 277 total yards...Wiley has been a key contributor on a Commodore defense that ranks No. 1 nationally in scoring defense (4.3 ppg) and total offense (198.3 ypg)...It marked Vanderbilt's first home win over a non-SEC foe ranked in the Top 25 since 1946 (7-0 victory over No. 20 N.C. State on Nov. 9, 1946. - SEC Football


09/17/17 - (QB) - Kyle Shurmur, Sr, 6-3, 225
On a picture-perfect evening in Music City, a popular upset pick in college football became reality. Junior quarterback Kyle Shurmur scored on a 2-yard run with 8:23 remaining as Vanderbilt beat No. 18 Kansas State 14-7 on Saturday before a sellout crowd at Vanderbilt Stadium. The Commodores' defense also played a key role, intercepting Wildcats quarterback Jesse Ertz twice in a span of four minutes of the fourth quarter. Shurmur was 14 of 23 passing for 205 yards and one touchdown. Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason likened the showdown against a ranked-opponent to a classic, slug-it-out boxing match. "I just thought we battled," Mason said. "It was a battle of two equally-matched teams all the way around. Just going back and forth, it felt like a heavyweight fight, like those fights back in the '80s. Nowadays, it's on pay-per-view, but back in the day, it was like ABC. It was some real-deal boxing, and that's what it felt like tonight." Ertz rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown. Both teams had bad breaks with penalties late in the third quarter. Kansas State saw a punt return touchdown called back because of an illegal block in the back. - The Sports Xchange


09/09/17 - (QB) - Kyle Shurmur, Sr, 6-3, 225
Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur accounted for five touchdowns as the Commodores cruised by lower-division Alabama A&M 42-0 in their home opener at Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. Shurmur hit all 12 of his first-half throws for 175 yards and three touchdowns, also rushing for a score. He finished 15 of 18 for 202 yards, with four scores and no interceptions. Vanderbilt's defense was also stout. The Commodores (2-0) allowed three first downs and 38 yards in the first half and 103 yards for the game. With Vanderbilt up 35-0, linebacker Oren Burks picked off an A&M pass and returned it to the Bulldog 23 midway through the third quarter. One play later, Shurmur threw a strike to well-covered tight end Jared Pinkey near the first left pylon for a score on his last snap of the day.

The Commodores took the opening kickoff and marched 67 yards in 11 plays, with running back Ralph Webb busting in on a 6-yard scoring run. After A&M (0-2) shanked a punt, Shurmur ended a 54-yard scoring by hitting Pinkney with a 10-yard pass for a 14-0 lead with 2:39 left in the first quarter. With 8:05 left in the first half, Shurmur found wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb with a 45-yard scoring strike down the middle of the field. Linebacker Andrew Rector then blocked a punt, with defensive end Jalen Pinkney recovering at the A&M 10. Shurmur scrambled in from a yard out moments later. On VU's next possession, Shurmur hit wide receiver Trent Sherfield down the left side without a defender in sight, and the Commodores led 35-0 with 1:42 before half. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/17 - (QB) - Kyle Shurmur, Sr, 6-3, 225
Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shumur threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns as the visiting Commodores whipped Middle Tennessee State 28-6 at Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Saturday. Vanderbilt running back Ralph Webb and wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb each had two touchdowns. The Commodores' defense held a Blue Raiders' offense that averaged 517.7 yards a game last year to 215, and got in Middle Tennessee State quarterback Brent Stockstill's face all night. Vanderbilt defensive end Dare Odeyingbo and linebacker Charles Wright each had two sacks. Stockstill was just 18 of 31 for 166 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Leading 21-0 at the break, the Commodores put the game out of reach early in the third quarter. After the Blue Raiders went three-and-out, Shurmur hit Webb with a quick screen to the left sideline, and Webb easily raced 73 yards for a score. Vanderbilt had taken command at the outset. The Commodores took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in five plays, with Shurmur finding Lipscomb in single coverage for a 37-yard score. Vandy cornerback Bryce Lewis then picked off a Stockstill pass and returned it to the Middle Tennessee 40. A screen pass to Webb set up his 1-yard scoring run. - The Sports Xchange


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