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Wesley Johnson heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 5/173 - Wesley Johnson, OL, 6-5, 297, Vanderbilt...Versatile player who started 51 games, mostly at tackle but some at center and guard and that attracted him to the Steelers. Durability also an asset for a team that has had many injured linemen the past few years. - The Sports Xchange
Myron Lewis heading into Sr season: 2009: Missed 2009 spring practice after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery. 2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 51 Sol-76 TT, 7 TFL, 5 SK, 4 INT, 6 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FF; Concluded season as team's fourth leading tackler (76)... Shared Commodore team lead with five quarterback sacks, and ranked second in interceptions (5) and defensed passes (6), and third in tackles for loss (7), forced fumbles (2)... Provided one of the top Commodore highlights of 2008 – clinching Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl victory over Boston College with last-minute interception... Also added four total tackles and a defensed pass in bowl win. 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 33 Sol-49 TT, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 12 PBU, 2 FR, 2 FF; First-year starter put together superb campaign starting at cornerback across from All-SEC performer D.J. Moore…Garnered all-conference consideration after ranking among the SEC leaders and topping team with 12 pass breakups… Led the team with a pair of forced fumbles and shared team lead with two fumble recoveries… Named team's Defensive Player of the Week after notching first career interception and four tackles at Auburn. 2006: 10 GP; 0 GS; KR: 2-23-11.5-0; 4 Sol-4 TT; Played in 10 games as a true freshman, contributing primarily on special teams... Also limited action in secondary following injury of safety Ben Koger. Personal: Brother Hamin Milligan played college football at Garden City CC and Houston and pro football in the Arena Football League. Brother Hanik Milligan also played at Garden City CC and Houston, as well as Iowa Central CC) and is a special teams standout in the NFL.
*D.J. Moore heading into Jr season: 2008: Unanimous All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection…Started all thirteen games at left cornerback, but also received playing time as a wide receiver, running back, punt returner and kickoff returner during the season, in addition to taking snaps as quarterback...Recorded 58 tackles (30 solos) with an 8-yard sack and 4.5 stops for losses totaling 23 yards…Recovered and caused a fumble…Deflected seven passes…Ranked third in the league and eleventh in the nation for both interceptions and punt returns…Had six pass thefts for 56 yards in returns (9.3 avg) and averaged 14.35 yards on 17 punt returns for 244 yards, including a 91-yarder vs. Miami (Oh.), the second-longest punt runback in school history…Gained 407 yards on 21 kickoff returns (19.4 avg)…In limited duty on offense, Moore rushed for 76 yards on nine carries (8.4 avg) and caught seven passes for 143 yards (20.4 avg) and two touch-downs…Gained 926 all-purpose yards (71.23 ypg), as he touched the ball 60 times, averaging 15.43 yards per attempt...Moore started 34-of-37 games he played in at Vanderbilt at left cornerback…Recorded 178 tackles (120 solos) with two sacks for minus 17 yards, 6.5 stops for losses of 35 yards and one quarterback pressure…Recovered four fumbles and caused another…Deflected 19 passes and gained 109 yards with a touchdown on thirteen interceptions…His thirteen pass thefts tied Donald Gleisner (1950-52) and Ken Stone (1970-72) for second on the school career-record list behind the fifteen interceptions by Leonard Coleman (1980-83)…2007: 12 GP; 11 GS; Rush: 6-78-13-0; KR: 32-823-25.7-0; 67 Sol-83 TT, 2 TFL, 1 SK, 6 INT, 10 PBU, 1 QBH; One of the Southeastern Conference's most versatile athletes, Moore put together one of the finest seasons ever by a Commodore defensive back…2006: 12 GP; 9 GS; PR: 3-7-2.3-0 KR: 2-26-13-0; 27 Sol-37 TT, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 3 FF; Played in every game at a true freshman, starting nine straight games at cornerback... Also saw action as a punt returner.
Sean Richardson heading into Sr season: 2010: Started every game at free safety… Led the team in solo tackles (67), total tackles (98), tackles for loss (7) … Also had three QB hurries and seven passes defensed ... Ranked fourth in the SEC in solo tackles (5.2 per game)... Earned team's Defensive Player of the Week honors after nine-tackle effort against Tennessee. 2009: Started 10 starting assignments at safety… Played in every game despite undergoing hand surgery after Mississippi State game… Ranked second among Commodores with 43 solo tackles and had 84 total tackles, third among defenders… Also posted 4.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble… Added 11 total tackles against Kentucky, earning team's Defensive Player of the Week honors for effort… earned squad's prestigious Hustle Award at postseason banquet. 2008: Played in every game, contributing 11 total tackles to Commodore defensive effort… Became one of squad's top special team players, earned team's Specialist of the Week after Florida and Kentucky games… Contributed one of the biggest plays of season, recovering Brett Upson punt that touched Boston College player in Commodore endzone for only Vanderbilt touchdown in Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl victory.
Casey Hayward heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 2/62 -- Casey Hayward, CB, 5-11, 192, Vanderbilt...Aggressive, instinctive playmaker should contribute immediately in nickel-heavy scheme and give savvy veteran Charles Woodson more latitude to play a rover position. COULD SURPRISE: Cornerback Casey Hayward: Thompson compensated for the medical-prompted release of Pro Bowl safety Collins before the draft by making a play for the skilled Hayward. He will stay at corner, but winning a starting job would provide intriguing options for the Packers to replace Collins. - The Sports Xchange
Jordan Matthews heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 2/42 - Jordan Matthews, WR, 6-3, 212, Vanderbilt...Matthews holds the SEC record for career receptions and receiving yards. The Eagles love his combination of size, speed and intelligence. Chip Kelly's initial plan is to play Matthews in the slot, with Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper lining up outside. Kelly is intrigued by the idea of using a 6-3, 212-pounder in the slot. - The Sports Xchange
Reshard Langford heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 42 Sol-66 TT, 4.5 TFL, 2 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FF; One of most consistent and hardest-hitting Commodores, Langford had his finest season as the most veteran member of the team's secondary personnel… Started all 12 games at strong safety, and has started all 35 games of his Commodore career… Posted single season career highs in total tackles and defensed passes as junior… Ranked fifth among Commodores with 40 solo tackles and 65 total tackles... Tied for second behind D.J. Moore with two interceptions, upping his career total to a team-high eight INTs...2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; 36 Sol-51 TT, 6 TFL, 1 SK, 3 INT, 4 PBU, 2 FR; The hard-hitting reputation remained intact as Langford performed well while playing with pain in his second year as a starter in Commodore secondary... Demonstrated superb leadership skills, evidenced by teammates voting Langford as Captain's Award postseason recipient... Gained more postseason accolades as recipient of team's Most Valuable Defensive Secondary Award... Started every game at safety, and enters 2007 season with 23 consecutive starts to his credit... Shared team high for second consecutive season with three interceptions... Also concluded season among team leaders with 36 solo tackles (T-4th), 51 total tackles (3rd), four defensed passes (2nd), two fumble recoveries (T-3rd) and six tackles for loss (T-5th)... Posted at least four tackles in seven of last eight games...2005: 11 GP; 11 GS; 44 Sol-54 TT, 3.5 TFL, 3 SK, 4 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF; Sustained minor cuts in September 2005 fight at university apartment building…teammate George Smith was shot in the arm. A hard-hitting safety who put together one of the Commodores' most consistent seasons by secondary player... Shared team's postseason Most Valuable Defensive Back honors with cornerback Andrew Pace... Started every game at free safety in first collegiate season... Named to Coaches' First Team All-SEC Freshman squad... Only unanimous pick among secondary players on coaches' freshman team... Listed as honorable mention Freshman All-American by The Sporting News... Topped squad with three interceptions... Tied for fourth on team with 44 solo tackles and tied for second with four defensed passes... Achieved 54 total tackles, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery...2004: Redshirted. Named scout team Defensive Player of the Week on six different occasions.
Tim Fugger heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Colts picks: 7/214 - Tim Fugger, DE, 6-3, 248, Vanderbilt...A late-bloomer who is expected to make the transition to standup linebacker. Impressed during on-campus Pro Day workout. - The Sports Xchange
Zac Stacy heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 5/160 - Zac Stacy, RB, 5-8, 216, Vanderbilt...Short, but strong, with great tangibles and runs tough. Will be just right for apparent Rams committee at running back. Was a team captain. - The Sports Xchange
Andre Hal heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 7/216 - Andre Hal, CB, 5-11, 188, Vanderbilt...Defense is looking for depth a corner. He's a high-character guy who was a team leader in college. Plays hard all the time. Improved ball skills. Lacks speed to turn and run with receivers. Might be better in zone. - The Sports Xchange
Steven Stone heading into rSr season: 2007: Started every game at defensive end, developing into one of the Commodores' most dependable and productive performers... Set single-season career highs in virtually every defensive category... Finished season as the 'Dores' seventh leading tackler with 45 total stops, including 21 primary tackles... Tied for second on team with four QB sacks and ranked third on squad with eight tackles for loss... Posted at least three tackles in eight of 12 games...2006: Became a key defensive line contributor as a redshirt freshman end, playing every game as a second-team end... Ended campaign with 24 total tackles, including 22 solo stops... Ranked fourth on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss...2005: Redshirted.
Broderick Stewart heading into rSr season: 2007: Became team's most productive rusher in passing situations... Earned teammates' Commodore Hustle Award in postseason... Set single season highs in virtually every defensive category, including solo tackles (15) and total tackles (29)... Ranked among the SEC Top 10 and tops among Commodores with six quarterback sacks... Shared team lead with six quarterback hurries, and ranked second behind LB Marcus Buggs with 8.5 tackles for loss... Also contributed four pass breakups from defensive end postition...2006: Became a key defensive line contributor as a redshirt freshman, playing every game at end... Finished season with 19 total tackles, including 13 primary stops... Tied with tackle Theo Horrocks for second on team behind DE Curtis Gatewood with five quarterback sacks....2005: Redshirted.
Greg Billinger heading into Sr season: 2007: Played in 10 games, missing Alabama and Miami (Ohio) contests to injury...2006: Developed into key reserve defensive tackle, becoming the only true freshman to see action on either of Vanderbilt's interior lines.
George Smith heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rec: 32-397-12.4-3; Produced finest overall season as second-year starter at wide receiver… Started every game opposite All-SEC and all-time leading receiver Earl Bennett… Established new single-season career highs with 32 receptions and 397 receiving yards… Matched career high with three touchdown catches… Had at least one reception in every game, producing two or more catches in nine of 12 games…2006: 11 GP; 11 GS; Rec: 21-313-14.9-3; Played in every game, starting the first 11 games at wide receiver... Became more productive opposing All-SEC sophomore Earl Bennett as season endured, catching at least two passes in each of Vanderbilt's last five games... Concluded season as team's No. 3 receiver with 21 catches, good for a single-season career high 313 yards and two touchdowns... Of 21 receptions, four resulted in gains of 30 yards or more...2005: 9 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 23-287-12.5-2; Shot in the arm at a party in university apartment building in September 2005. Continued remarkable recovery from serious illness, developing into a key receiver in first year of collegiate action... Played in nine games, missing MTSU and LSU games with injury... Ended season as a starter at wide receiver, and one of Jay Cutler's top aerial targets... Concluded campaign fourth on team with 23 receptions, good for 287 yards and a pair of touchdowns... Averaged four catches and 57 receiving yards in last four games...2004: Participated in practice, but did not play... Awarded medical redshirt after doctors declined to clear him for full contact during season... Smith's absence followed a critical illness that forced him into extended hospital rehabilitation and out of classes. Offensive Scout Player of the Week after Rutgers game...2003: Redshirted... Earned scout team Offensive Player of the Week award prior to season finale.
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