College Football Preview: The 2015 Vanderbilt Commodores
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Overview: Vanderbilt had a miserable year last year offensively and defensively. They finished the year 3-9 going 0-8 against SEC teams. Vanderbilt will need to do something different if they want to avoid another dreadful season.
Offense: Last season Vanderbilt averaged 17 points a game, that’s going to have to improve if they want to have a chance to win games. Vanderbilt has addressed these problems by firing their offensive coordinator and hiring Andy Ludwig to be the new offense coordinator. Quarterback Johnny McCary started most of the games last season for Vanderbilt and will likely remain the starter. Last season he passed for 985 yards and 9 touchdowns with 8 interceptions. Their best offensive player is sophomore running back Ralph Webb who rushed for 907 yards and 4 touchdowns last season. Vanderbilt returns their top two wide receivers in Steven Scheu and C.J. Duncan who together combined for 67 receptions and 966 yards and 8 touchdowns.
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Defense: The Vanderbilt defense allowed 33.3 points a game last year. You wont win many games doing that in the SEC. Vanderbilt has addressed this by firing their defensive coordinator. Head coach Derek Mason has promoted himself to be the new defensive coordinator. Vanderbilt returns their top two tacklers from last year in linebackers Nigel Bowden and Zach Cunningham. Last year they combined for 155 tackles and 2.5 sacks. This defense is going to need major improvements if they want to compete this year.
Special Teams: Vanderbilt returns both their kicker and punter. Kicker Tommy Openshaw converted 8 out of 11 field goals last season. Punter Colby Cooke averaged 42.4 yards a punt last year.
Overall: Vanderbilt has a lot of problems and they are a very young team. I can’t see them fixing all these problems this year. Unfortunately I think this will be another rough year for Vanderbilt Commodores.