Vanderbilt Commodores 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 4-8
Vanderbilt Commodores 2016 Preview
The 2016 Vanderbilt Commodores look for consistent scoring to help out their defense.
Overview: The Commodores were outscored 23-15 in 2015 which explains their 4-8 record. The defense will once again be forced to carry the load unless their running game can find the endzone more often.
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Offense: Vandy will likely go with Kyle Schurmur under center with Johnny McCrary graduating and taking 1,533 passing yards with him. The Commodores return four of their top five receiving options with Trent Sherfield leading the offense with 51 receptions for 659 yards with Caleb Scott adding 339 yards on 24 catches while the team looks for the return from injury of CJ Duncan. The Vanderbilt rushing attack will lean primarily on Ralph Webb once again (277-1152) but he averaged just over four yards per touch and will ply his wares behind an O-Line that has six players back with starting experience.
Defense: The Commodores get back five of their top six defensive linemen with Adam Butler leading the way with seven TFL and three sacks while Torey Agee totaled three TFL and a pair of sacks. At linebacker, ten players saw the field and Vanderbilt returns all but two with leading tackler Zach Cunningham recording 86 stops including 16.5 TFL and a team high 4.5 sacks while Nigel Bowden returns from injury after recording 57.5 tackles in 2014. The Commodores secondary gets back virtually everyone from a solid 2015 unit with safety Oren Burks breaking up six passes and intercepting three while corner Torren McGaster totaled 4.5 TFL while defensing 13 passes.
Special Teams: Tommy Openshaw returns as punter and placekicker with a 7-11 effort on 40+ yard field goals while Vandy also gets back Ryan White and Darrius Sims as punt and kick returners respectively.
Outlook: The Commodores possess another outstanding defense but as they always say, you have to score to win and that is likely going to be a problem again which will put a Bowl invitation on hold for another year.
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