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Vanderbilt Commodores football
Vanderbilt Commodores.png Helmet-vu.png
First season 1890
Head coach Bobby Johnson
7th year, 26–56–0  (.317)
Home stadium Vanderbilt Stadium
Field Dudley Field
Year built 1922
Stadium capacity 39,790
Stadium surface Field grass
Location Nashville, Tennessee
League Division I
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division East Division
Past conferences SIAA
 (1895–1921)
Southern Conference
 (1922–1931)
All-time record 551–542–50 (.504)
Postseason bowl record 2–1–1
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 13
Division titles 0
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 30
Current uniform
SEC-Uniform-VADY.PNG
Colors Black and Gold            
Fight song Dynamite!
Mascot Mr. C
Marching band Spirit of Gold Marching Band
Website www.vucommodores.com

The Vanderbilt Commodores football program is a college football team that represents Vanderbilt University. The team currently competes in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Southeastern Conference. The Commodores currently play their home games at Vanderbilt Stadium, located in Nashville, Tennessee.

History

Early success

Vanderbilt and the University of Nashville played the first college football game in the state of Tennessee in 1890.[1] In 1894 Vanderbilt was among the seven founding members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association.[2] Just after the turn of the century, the team enjoyed fairly substantial success, with a composite record of 20-3-2 from 1901-03.[3] Even so, Dan McGugin's arrival as coach from his brother-in-law Fielding Yost's Michigan program in 1904 showed an immediate impact. The 1904 squad outscored its opposition by 474 to four in winning all nine games.[4] McGugin's tenure spanned the years 1904-17 and 1919-34 with a record of 197-55-19 and two national championships.[5]

In 1922, Vanderbilt hosted the University of Michigan to inaugurate Dudley Field. The game ended in a 0–0 tie and figures prominently in the program's history. VU football historian Bill Traughber chronicles the event:

The game between Vanderbilt and Michigan had a carnival-like atmosphere.
Dignitaries and politicians were invited to participate at Dudley Field, the largest football-only stadium in the South at that time. The guest of honor for the dedication game was Cornelius Vanderbilt, the great-great grandson of the university's namesake.
Accompanied by his wife, Vanderbilt arrived at Nashville's Union Station on the morning of the game, his first trip to the city. The day's first event was a luncheon for the young Vanderbilt couple, which was held at the Hermitage Hotel and hosted by Vanderbilt University Board of Trust.
Thousands of Vanderbilt students and alumni met downtown for a parade with Tennessee Governor Alf Taylor riding in the lead automobile. Decorated in orange and black, their automobile began the parade at Twelfth and Broadway, weaving through the side streets to a reviewing stand at the foot of the Capitol Building.[6]

A young, Earnest Albert Craft, born in 1898, employed with the construction team that built the Dudley Field wooden stands was in attendance the day of the game vs. Michigan. Earnest was called on to raise the first American flag during the national anthem. Later, Rev. Earnest Albert Craft would become city councilman of in the West Nashville area and 40 year pastor of Sylvan Park Free Will Baptist Church in Nashville. Clippings of this event are documented in archives of the old Nashville Banner newspaper. A copy of this newspaper account is held today by grandson by adoption, Albert D. Mitchell. Albert, named after E. A. Craft, lives on the west side of Nashville in Bellevue. He was a graduated of Cohn High School and later return to teach and coach at Cohn High School, finally retiring from the Metro Nashville School system in 1989.

1922 was also the year that Vanderbilt entered the Southern Conference as a charter member. The Commodores tied for the conference championship in 1922 and 1923 and continued to finish in the upper half of the conference standings for the next decade.[7]

In 1932, Vanderbilt—at the pinnacle of its athletics dominance in the South[8]—helped found the Southeastern Conference, with Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Sewanee, Georgia Tech, and Tulane.[9]

Growing difficulty

However, Vanderbilt football has not won a conference championship since the founding of the Southeastern Conference in 1932. Its last winning season was in 2008 under coach Bobby Johnson. Vanderbilt has competed in four bowl games (see below), with a combined all-time post-season record of 2–1–1. Vanderbilt has finished ranked once, in 1948, when it finished #12 in the AP poll after an 8-2-1 season.

It was in the 1970s and early 1980s that it seemed this trend could be abating, with two of Vanderbilt's post-season appearances coming in 1974 and 1982, and with several near-winning season records.

The last Commodore team before the Bobby Johnson era with a winning record, the 1982 squad (with a record of 8–4), played in the Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to the school's third all-time bowl appearance, the 1982 team's season-ending win against Tennessee, in which Vanderbilt quarterback Whit Taylor threw for 391 yards, marked a special season—but a season that proved an exception to years following, when a return to previous levels of mediocrity saw a veritable merry-go-round of head coaches.

From the period 1982 to 2002, when Bobby Johnson was hired, Vanderbilt was led by six coaches, who averaged barely four years per coach.[10]

Recent resurgence

Bobby Johnson was hired in 2002 as the head football coach. At the time, many questioned[citation needed] the University administration's decision to elevate a Division I-AA coach to what some[citation needed] perceive as the nation's premier college football conference, the SEC. Johnson had previously coached at Furman University, a Southern Conference team, leading the Paladins to the Division I-AA title game in 2001, his final year. Vanderbilt administrative officials had pursued and offered the position initially to Gary Barnett and Tyrone Willingham, both of whom had steered small, private universities (Northwestern and Stanford, respectively) to football success. Both turned down the job for different reasons.[citation needed]

The same critics that questioned Johnson's initial hiring also derided the loyalty given to Coach Johnson by the Vanderbilt administration after his first three seasons at the school led to three consecutive 2–9 records. During this time, however, Johnson was continuing to recruit players that had been passed over by major-power schools, but whom Johnson and his staff believed could be molded into SEC-caliber players. Johnson's 2008 team won the Music City Bowl, 16-14 over #24 Boston College. The bowl win, a first since the 1955 Gator Bowl, capped off a 7-6 season, Vanderbilt's first winning record since 1982.

Radical administrative restructuring

Along with this concerted program-development, Johnson joined Vanderbilt's Chancellor E. Gordon Gee and Vice Chancellor David Williams II in creating what the Administration called "a new culture in college athletics" at Vanderbilt. The University Administration, with Johnson's public support, abolished the Department of Athletics as a separate entity within the University's administrative structure, along with the job of Athletic Director -- a first among universities in a major Division I-A athletic conference.

The Administration's loyalty to Johnson, which had paid dividends in his support for the radical changes in administration of the inter-collegiate athletics program also yielded on-the-field results in Johnson's fourth season at the helm of the Commodores.

Increasing Success in the 2000s

In 2005, Vanderbilt finished with a 5–6 record, the program's best finish since 1999. For the first time since 1982, and for the first time in Knoxville since 1975, Vanderbilt defeated its in-state rival, the Tennessee Volunteers, in a 28–24 victory.

All-SEC Quarterback Jay Cutler, the team's offensive captain that season and the offensive player of the year in the SEC, was selected 11th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and named starting quarterback for the last five games of his rookie season.

The pre-game pigskin party, "Vandyville", also took off in the early 2000s, and has become a large staple of the Vanderbilt athletics tradition.

In the 2006 season, Vanderbilt finished with a 4–8 record with sophomore Chris Nickson at quarterback. The 2006 team's peak performance came with a 24–22 defeat of conference rival #16 ranked Georgia at Sanford Stadium, the first time Vanderbilt had ever defeated a ranked opponent on the road. The team came within seconds of defeating Arkansas and Alabama in consecutive weeks.

Vanderbilt fans approached the 2007 season with considerable optimism, given the return of many experienced starters, including WR Earl Bennett and the closeness of the Arkansas and Alabama losses. Vanderbilt started the year strong with a decisive victory over Richmond, but hopes for a win against Nick Saban's Alabama squad fizzled in a 10-24 loss marked by several controversial penalties. Vanderbilt rebounded with strong wins against Ole Miss and Eastern Michigan, but the Ole Miss victory came at a cost, as quarterback Chris Nickson suffered an injury that negatively impacted his future performance and led to his mid-season replacement by Mackenzi Adams. While Vanderbilt appeared to be en route to a convincing homecoming win against #21 Georgia, a late-game Bulldog rally coupled with a costly Vanderbilt fumble in the final minutes of the fourth quarter led to a disappointing 17-20 loss. Vanderbilt rebounded with a stunning upset of #6 ranked South Carolina 17–6 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, beating a top 10 team for the first time in 33 years and a Steve Spurrier-coached team for the first time ever. It was the highest ranked team Vanderbilt had beaten since defeating #6 LSU in 1937. In the following home game against Miami (Ohio), junior wide receiver Earl Bennett made history by breaking the SEC record for most career receptions. Vanderbilt would go on to win the game 24–13. With a 5-3 record entering the last four games of the season, the Commodores seemed primed for bowl eligibility. After a lopsided defeat against Florida and a close loss to Kentucky, the Commodores went to Knoxville to play Tennessee at Neyland Stadium for the first time since their 2005 win. Despite entering as heavy underdogs, Vanderbilt jumped out to a 24-9 lead at the end of the third quarter, but the Volunteers scored 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win the game by one point. Vanderbilt went on to lose its final game of the series against Wake Forest 17-31.

In 2008, Vanderbilt began the season winning their first four games, beating Miami (OH) and Ole Miss on the road, and Rice and nationally ranked South Carolina at home. This perfect start, combined with an upcoming game with nationally ranked Auburn, led to ESPN choosing Vanderbilt as the site for their popular show, College GameDay. In the 5th game, the Commodores defeated SEC rival Auburn for the first time since 1955, when backup quarterback Mackenzi Adams led them back from an early 13-point deficit. At that point, Vanderbilt was ranked #13 in the AP and #14 in the ESPN Coaches football polls. The Commodores were 5-0 for the first time since 1943, 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1950, and one victory away from being eligible for their first bowl appearance since 1982.

Vanderbilt lost its next four games, but history was made on November 15, 2008, when Vanderbilt defeated the Kentucky Wildcats to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1982. The Commodores finished the 2008 regular season with losses to Tennessee and Wake Forest, completing the regular season with a 6-6 record (4-4 in the SEC).

Their 2008 finish was good enough for the Commodores to earn an invitation to play the Boston College Eagles in the Music City Bowl on December 31, 2008. In a dramatic come-from-behind win, Vanderbilt beat Boston College by a score of 16-14, to win its first bowl game in fifty-three years.

The 2008 Vanderbilt Commodore football team is also noteworthy because it won the 2008 Academic Achievement Award from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). This award recognizes graduate rate successes on the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level. Vanderbilt was recognized for graduating 95 percent of its 2001 freshman class, the highest graduation rate among all 119 FBS teams.[11]

Junior cornerback D.J. Moore received All-SEC first team honors for the second straight season and second team All-American honors following the 2008 season. He was later drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

The upward trajectory of Vanderbilt football took a step back in 2009. Despite returning 18 starters from the 2008 bowl-championship season, the Commodores finished a disappointing 2-10. Numerous injuries contributed to the team's troubles, as several starters were lost with season-ending injuries, including Ryan Hamilton (Safety), Jared Hawkins (RB), James Williams (OL), and Larry Smith (QB). In addition, transfer WR and projected starter Terrence Jeffers was not academically eligible to play the entire season.

Logos and uniforms

Vanderbilt's 2009 uniform combinations


Records

Win/loss records

As of December 2008, the Vanderbilt Commodores have won more games than they have lost.[12] However, records show that in the mid- and late-twentieth century, the Commodore football program experienced a considerable down-swing in success on the playing field.[13]

  • All-time record: 554-547-50 (.503)
  • Against current SEC teams: 186-364-23 (.345)
  • 1890-1959: 394-180-40 (.674)
  • 1960-present: 160-367-10 (.307)
  • Under current head coach (Bobby Johnson, 2002-present): 27-56-0 (.325)
  • Against SEC opponents under current head coach: 12-44-0 (.214)

Bowl records

Date Bowl Vanderbilt Opponent
December 31, 1955 Gator Bowl Vanderbilt 25 Auburn 13
December 28, 1974 Peach Bowl Vanderbilt 6 Texas Tech 6
December 31, 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl Vanderbilt 28 Air Force 36
December 31, 2008 Music City Bowl Vanderbilt 16 Boston College 14
Record: 2–1–1

Year-by-year results

Year Conference Coach Conference Overall Notes
Win Loss Tie Pct. Win Loss Tie Pct.
1890 None Elliot H. Jones 1 0 0 1.00
1891 None Elliot H. Jones 3 1 0 .750
1892 None Elliot H. Jones 4 4 0 .500
1893 None W.J. Keller 6 1 0 .857
1894 None Henry Worth Thornton 7 1 0 .875
1895 SIAA C.L. Upton 5 3 1 .556
1896 SIAA R.G. Acton 3 2 2 .429
1897 SIAA R.G. Acton 6 0 1 .857 SIAA Champion
1898 SIAA R.G. Acton 1 5 0 .167
1899 SIAA J.L. Crane 7 2 0 .778
1900 SIAA J.L. Crane 4 4 1 .444
1901 SIAA W.H. Watkins 6 1 1 .750 SIAA Champion
1902 SIAA W.H. Watkins 8 1 0 .889
1903 SIAA J.H. Henry 6 1 1 .750 SIAA Champion (shared)
1904 SIAA Dan McGugin 9 0 0 1.000 SIAA Champion
1905 SIAA Dan McGugin 7 1 0 .875 SIAA Champion
1906 SIAA Dan McGugin 8 1 0 .889 SIAA Champion
1907 SIAA Dan McGugin 5 1 1 .714 SIAA Champion
1908 SIAA Dan McGugin 7 2 1 .700
1909 SIAA Dan McGugin 7 3 0 .700
1910 SIAA Dan McGugin 8 0 1 .889 SIAA Champion
1911 SIAA Dan McGugin 8 1 0 .889 SIAA Champion
1912 SIAA Dan McGugin 8 1 1 .800 SIAA Champion
1913 SIAA Dan McGugin 5 3 0 .625
1914 SIAA Dan McGugin 2 6 0 .250
1915 SIAA Dan McGugin 9 1 0 .900 SIAA Champion
1916 SIAA Dan McGugin 7 1 1 .778
1917 SIAA Dan McGugin 5 3 0 .625
1918 SIAA Ray Morrison 4 2 0 .667 Dan McGugin did not coach due to service in World War I.
1919 SIAA Dan McGugin 5 1 2 .625
1920 SIAA Dan McGugin 5 3 1 .556
1921 SIAA Dan McGugin 7 0 1 .875
1922 Southern Dan McGugin 8 0 1 .889 Southern Conference Champion
1923 Southern Dan McGugin 5 2 1 .625 Southern Conference Champion
1924 Southern Dan McGugin 6 3 1 .600
1925 Southern Dan McGugin 6 3 0 .667
1926 Southern Dan McGugin 8 1 0 .889
1927 Southern Dan McGugin 8 1 2 .727
1928 Southern Dan McGugin 8 2 0 .800
1929 Southern Dan McGugin 7 2 0 .778
1930 Southern Dan McGugin 8 2 0 .800
1931 Southern Dan McGugin 5 4 0 .556
1932 Southern Dan McGugin 6 1 2 .667
1933 Southern Dan McGugin 2 2 2 .500 4 3 3 .400
1934 Southeastern Dan McGugin 4 3 0 .571 6 3 0 .667
1935 Southeastern Ray Morrison 5 1 0 .833 7 3 0 .700
1936 Southeastern Ray Morrison 1 3 1 .200 3 5 1 .333
1937 Southeastern Ray Morrison 4 2 0 .667 7 2 0 .778
1938 Southeastern Ray Morrison 4 3 0 .571 6 3 0 .667
1939 Southeastern Ray Morrison 1 6 0 .143 2 7 1 .200
1940 Southeastern Red Sanders 1 5 1 .143 3 6 1 .300
1941 Southeastern Red Sanders 3 2 0 .600 8 2 0 .800
1942 Southeastern Red Sanders 2 4 0 .333 6 4 0 .600
1943 Southeastern E.H. Alley 5 0 0 1.000 Red Sanders did not coach due to service in World War II.
1944 Southeastern Doby Bartling 3 0 1 .750 Red Sanders did not coach due to service in World War II.
1945 Southeastern Doby Bartling 2 4 0 .333 3 6 0 .333 Red Sanders did not coach due to service in World War II.
1946 Southeastern Red Sanders 3 4 0 .429 5 4 0 .556
1947 Southeastern Red Sanders 3 3 0 .500 6 4 0 .600
1948 Southeastern Red Sanders 4 2 1 .571 8 2 1 .727 Finished #12 in final AP poll
1949 Southeastern Bill Edwards 4 4 0 .500 5 5 0 .500
1950 Southeastern Bill Edwards 3 4 0 .429 7 4 0 .636
1951 Southeastern Bill Edwards 3 5 0 .375 6 5 0 .545
1952 Southeastern Bill Edwards 1 4 1 .167 3 5 2 .300
1953 Southeastern Art Guepe 1 5 0 .167 3 7 0 .300
1954 Southeastern Art Guepe 1 5 0 .167 2 7 0 .222
1955 Southeastern Art Guepe 4 3 0 .571 8 3 0 .727 Defeated Auburn in Gator Bowl.
1956 Southeastern Art Guepe 2 5 0 .286 5 5 0 .500
1957 Southeastern Art Guepe 3 3 1 .429 5 3 2 .500
1958 Southeastern Art Guepe 2 1 3 .333 5 2 3 .500
1959 Southeastern Art Guepe 3 2 2 .429 5 3 2 .500
1960 Southeastern Art Guepe 1 6 0 .143 3 7 0 .300
1961 Southeastern Art Guepe 1 6 0 .143 2 8 0 .200
1962 Southeastern Art Guepe 1 6 0 .143 1 9 0 .100
1963 Southeastern Jack Green 0 5 2 .000 1 7 2 .100
1964 Southeastern Jack Green 1 4 0 .200 3 6 1 .300
1965 Southeastern Jack Green 1 5 0 .167 2 7 1 .200
1966 Southeastern Jack Green 0 6 0 .000 1 9 0 .100
1967 Southeastern Bill Pace 0 6 0 .000 2 7 1 .200
1968 Southeastern Bill Pace 2 3 1 .333 5 4 1 .500
1969 Southeastern Bill Pace 2 3 0 .400 4 6 0 .400
1970 Southeastern Bill Pace 1 5 0 .167 4 7 0 .364
1971 Southeastern Bill Pace 1 5 0 .167 4 6 1 .364
1972 Southeastern Bill Pace 1 5 0 .167 3 8 0 .273
1973 Southeastern Steve Sloan 1 5 0 .167 5 6 0 .455
1974 Southeastern Steve Sloan 2 3 1 .333 7 3 2 .583 Tied Texas Tech in Peach Bowl.
1975 Southeastern Fred Pancoast 2 4 0 .333 7 4 0 .636
1976 Southeastern Fred Pancoast 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1977 Southeastern Fred Pancoast 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1978 Southeastern Fred Pancoast 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1979 Southeastern George MacIntyre 0 6 0 .000 1 10 0 .091
1980 Southeastern George MacIntyre 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1981 Southeastern George MacIntyre 1 5 0 .167 4 7 0 .364
1982 Southeastern George MacIntyre 4 2 0 .667 8 4 0 .667 Lost to Air Force in Hall of Fame Bowl.
1983 Southeastern George MacIntyre 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1984 Southeastern George MacIntyre 2 4 0 .333 5 6 0 .455
1985 Southeastern George MacIntyre 1 4 1 .167 3 7 1 .273
1986 Southeastern Watson Brown 0 6 0 .000 1 10 0 .091
1987 Southeastern Watson Brown 1 5 0 .167 4 7 0 .364
1988 Southeastern Watson Brown 2 5 0 .286 3 8 0 .273
1989 Southeastern Watson Brown 0 7 0 .000 1 10 0 .091
1990 Southeastern Watson Brown 1 6 0 .143 1 10 0 .091
1991 Southeastern Gerry DiNardo 3 4 0 .429 5 6 0 .455
1992 Southeastern Gerry DiNardo 2 6 0 .250 4 7 0 .364
1993 Southeastern Gerry DiNardo 2 6 0 .250 5 6 0 .455
1994 Southeastern Gerry DiNardo 2 6 0 .250 5 6 0 .455
1995 Southeastern Rod Dowhower 1 7 0 .125 2 9 0 .182
1996 Southeastern Rod Dowhower 0 8 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1997 Southeastern Woody Widenhofer 0 8 0 .000 3 8 0 .273
1998 Southeastern Woody Widenhofer 1 7 0 .125 2 9 0 .182
1999 Southeastern Woody Widenhofer 2 6 0 .250 5 6 0 .455
2000 Southeastern Woody Widenhofer 1 7 0 .125 3 8 0 .272
2001 Southeastern Woody Widenhofer 0 8 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
2002 Southeastern Bobby Johnson 0 8 0 .000 2 10 0 .167
2003 Southeastern Bobby Johnson 1 7 0 .125 2 10 0 .167
2004 Southeastern Bobby Johnson 1 7 0 .125 2 9 0 .182
2005 Southeastern Bobby Johnson 3 5 0 .375 5 6 0 .455
2006 Southeastern Bobby Johnson 1 7 0 .125 4 8 0 .333
2007 Southeastern Bobby Johnson 2 6 0 .250 5 7 0 .417
2008 Southeastern Bobby Johnson 4 4 0 .500 7 6 0 .539 Defeated Boston College in Music City Bowl.
2009 Southeastern Bobby Johnson 0 8 0 .000 2 10 0 .167
Totals 121 367 17 .248 556 557 50 .499

Source: 2009 Media Guide

Vanderbilt personnel

Coaching staff

As of 2009, the following persons were on the Vanderbilt Football Coaching Staff:

Name Position Years
at VU
Bobby Johnson Head coach 8
Warren Belin Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator 8
Jame Bryant Defensive coordinator/Defensive backs 8
Ted Cain Offensive coordinator/Tight ends 8
Robbie Caldwell Assistant head coach/Offensive line 8
Desmond Kitchings Running backs 2
Charlie Fisher Receivers 8
Bruce Fowler Defensive Assistant Head coach 8
Jimmy Kiser Quarterbacks 8
Rick Logo Defensive line 3
John Sisk Strength and conditioning 8
Source: Vanderbilt 2009 Football Media Guide

Commodores currently in the NFL

Player Years at VU NFL Team
Reshard Langford 2004-2008 Philadelphia Eagles
D.J. Moore 2006-2008 Chicago Bears
Sean Walker 2004-2008 St. Louis Rams
Earl Bennett 2005-2007 Chicago Bears
Marcus Buggs 2004-2007 Buffalo Bills
Curtis Gatewood 2004-2007 Detroit Lions
Jonathan Goff 2004-2007 New York Giants
Chris Williams 2004-2007 Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler 2002-2005 Chicago Bears
Justin Geisinger 2001-2004 Carolina Panthers
Jovan Haye 2002-2004 Tennessee Titans
Hunter Hillenmeyer 1999-2002 Chicago Bears
Matt Stewart 1998-2001 Dallas Cowboys
Jamie Winborn 1999-2001 Denver Broncos [14]
Todd Yoder 1997-2000 Washington Redskins
Corey Chavous 1995-1998 St. Louis Rams

College Football Hall of Fame

Vanderbilt Commodore football personnel have been inducted into the National Football Foundation's National College Football Hall of Fame.[15]

Players

Name Position Years at VU
John J. Tigert Fullback 1901-1903
Josh Cody Tackle 1914-1916, 1919
Lynn Bomar End 1922-1924
William Spears Quarterback 1925-1927
Carl Hinkle Center 1935-1937

Coaches

Name Years at VU
Dan McGugin 1904-1917, 1919-1934
Ray Morrison 1915-1952
Jess Neely 1924-1966
Red Sanders 1940-1942, 1946-1948
Bill Edwards 1949-1952

Conference recognition

Vanderbilt Commodores personnel, including coaches and players, have received recognition from the Southeastern Conference for their performances on the football field.[15]

Players

Most valuable player

Name Year
Bob Goodridge 1967
Bill Wade 1951
Jack Jenkins 1941
Carl Hinkle 1937
Willie Geny 1935

Offensive player of the year

Name Year
Jay Cutler 2005

Freshman of the year

Name Year
Kwane Doster 2002
Warren Norman 2009

Best blocker

Name Year
Jack Jenkins 1941, 1942

Best wide receiver

Name Year
Earl Bennett 2005 - 2007

Coach of the year

Name Year
Bobby Johnson 2008
George MacIntyre 1982
Art Guepe 1955
Red Sanders 1941
Ray Morrison 1937

References

  1. ^ "College Football". Tennessee Historical Society. http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/imagegallery.php?EntryID=F026. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  2. ^ Ibid.
  3. ^ "All-Time Records for Vanderbilt". Stassen.com. http://football.stassen.com/cgi-bin/records/fetch-team.pl?team=Vanderbilt. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  4. ^ James Howell. "Vanderbilt Historical Scores". http://www.jhowell.net/cf/scores/Vanderbilt.htm. Retrieved 2006-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Southeastern Conference". College Football Encyclopedia. http://footballencyclopedia.com/sechome.htm. Retrieved 2006-12-08. 
  6. ^ Bill Traughber. "CHC- Vandy Ties Michigan in 1922". Vanderbilt University. http://vucommodores.cstv.com/ot/history-corner-083006.html. Retrieved 2006-12-08. 
  7. ^ Southern Conference media guide, p. 167
  8. ^ As witnessed by its win/loss records to that date
  9. ^ See Southeastern Conference for more.
  10. ^ Source: Vanderbilt 2006 Football Media Guide
  11. ^ http://vucommodores.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/011209aac.html
  12. ^ Source: Vanderbilt 2008 Football Media Guide and media reports (for 2008 records)
  13. ^ Ibid.
  14. ^ "Denver Broncos land the linebacker they've had their eyes on". The Canadian Press. http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5iFX_Ze71K6ng8hEMiE2WpgNXq8-w. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  15. ^ a b According to the Vanderbilt 2006 Football Media Guide.

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