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Vanderbilt Commodores football
2018 Vanderbilt Commodores football team
Vanderbilt Commodores logo.svg
First season 1890
Athletic director David Williams II
Head coach Derek Mason
4th season, 18–31 (.367)
Stadium Vanderbilt Stadium
(Capacity: 40,550)
Field Dudley Field
Year built 1922
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Nashville, Tennessee
NCAA division Division I
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern
Past conferences Independent (1890–1894)
SIAA (1895–1921)
Southern Conference (1922–1932)
All-time record 600–613–50 (.495)
Bowl record 4–3–1 (.563)
Unclaimed nat'l titles 2 (1921, 1922)
Conference titles 14 (0 SEC)
Rivalries Tennessee (rivalry)
Georgia (rivalry)
Ole Miss (rivalry)
Kentucky (rivalry)
Sewanee (rivalry)
Consensus All-Americans 7[1]
Colors Black and Gold[2]
         
Fight song Dynamite!
Mascot Mr. C
Marching band Spirit of Gold Marching Band
Outfitter Nike
Website vucommodores.com

The Vanderbilt Commodores football program represents Vanderbilt University in the sport of American football. The Commodores compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the East Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They are currently coached by Derek Mason. Vanderbilt plays their home games at Vanderbilt Stadium, located on the university's Nashville, Tennessee campus.

History[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Adopting the nickname the Commodores after the 1897 season, the team has played in 1,250 games over 126 seasons. In that time, six coaches have led the Commodores to a postseason bowl appearance: Art Guepe, Steve Sloan, George MacIntyre, Bobby Johnson, James Franklin and Derek Mason. Four have led them to a conference championship: R. G. Acton, W. H. Watkins, James H. Henry, and Dan McGugin. McGugin is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 198 victories during his thirty years at Vanderbilt. He was awarded two National Championships retroactively by Clyde Berryman.

Of the twenty-eight different head coaches who have led the Commodores, McGugin,[3] Ray Morrison,[4] Henry Russell Sanders,[5] and Bill Edwards[6] have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The current head coach is Derek Mason.

Conference affiliations[edit]

Vanderbilt has been affiliated with the following conferences.

Rivals[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt 2007

Vanderbilt and Tennessee have played 111 times since 1892 , Tennessee leads the series 75–31-5.[7] When the rivalry first started Vanderbilt dominated by taking 19 of the first 24 with 3 ties. After 1928, UT has dominated the rivalry with a record against Vanderbilt of 73–12–2. The largest margin of victory for Vanderbilt was by 76 points in 1918 at Old Dudley Field in Nashville. (Vanderbilt 76, Tennessee 0) The largest defeat was 65 points in 1994 at Vanderbilt Stadium (Tennessee 65, Vanderbilt 0). The longest win streaks for Vanderbilt is (9) from 1901 to 1913. The longest win streak for Tennessee is 22, from 1983 to 2004.[8]

Georgia[edit]

Georgia Vanderbilt 2011

Having started in 1893, the Georgia-Vanderbilt football series has been played annually since 1968. The two are divisional opponents in the SEC East. The series, which rotates between Nashville, Tennessee and Athens, Georgia, stands with Georgia leading 56–20–2[9]

Ole Miss[edit]

Ole Miss is Vanderbilt's cross-divisional rival in the SEC.

Vanderbilt and Ole Miss have played 91 times since 1894.[10] Ole Miss leads the series 50–39-2.[10] The largest margin of victory was by 91 points won by Vanderbilt in 1915. Vanderbilt also holds the longest win streaks in the series (18) from 1894 to 1938.

Kentucky[edit]

Having started in 1896, the Kentucky-Vanderbilt football series has been played annually since 1953.[11] The two are divisional opponents in the SEC East. The series, which rotates between Nashville, Tennessee and Lexington, Kentucky, is led by Kentucky at 43–42–4 with the average score being Vanderbilt 16.9-Kentucky 15.6.[12]

Sewanee[edit]

Vanderbilt and the Sewanee Tigers were both founding members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA), the Southern Conference, and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). It is the oldest of Vanderbilt's rivalries;[13] dating back to 1891 when Vanderbilt played its second football game. Vanderbilt leads the series 40–8–4.[14] The largest margin of victory was in 1905 when Vanderbilt won 68–4. Usually played towards the end of the season on Thanksgiving Day, the two teams have not met again since 1944 and are unlikely to anytime soon as Sewanee plays in NCAA Division III.

Uniforms[edit]

Traditionally, Vanderbilt has featured differing designs of gold helmets, black or gold jerseys, and gold or black pants at home, and gold helmets, white jerseys and gold or white pants on the road.

During the James Franklin-era (2011–2013), "all-black" alternate uniforms featuring new black helmets, and "all-white" alternate uniforms featuring new white helmets, were unveiled. The team's gold jerseys were also re-designed with the addition of black shoulders and a more muted gold color.

Derek Mason's tenure (2014–present) has seen the team adopt a primary uniform of black matte helmets, black jerseys and black pants at home, and black matte helmets, white jerseys and black pants on the road. Additionally, the team utilizes several alternate combinations including among others a black matte helmet, gold jersey and gold pant set, and an updated version of the all-white alternate from the Franklin-era.

In 2015, the team debuted a "Deep Water" alternate uniform with dark gray helmets featuring an anchor logo (instead of star), and battleship gray jerseys and pants. These uniforms have thus far been usually worn once or twice a season at home.

Championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

Vanderbilt does not claim any national championships, but Berryman QPRS, a major selector in the NCAA Division I FBS Record Book, selected Vanderbilt as champion based on retroactive analysis of the national 1921 and 1922 seasons.[15]

Season Coach Selectors Record
1921 Dan McGugin Berryman 7–0–1
1922 Dan McGugin Berryman 8–0–1

Conference championships[edit]

Vanderbilt has won fourteen conference championships, with five shared and nine won outright.

Season Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1897 SIAA R. G. Acton 6–0–1 3–0–1
1901 SIAA W. H. Watkins 6–1–1 6–0–1
1903 SIAA James H. Henry 6–1–1 5–1–1
1904 SIAA Dan McGugin 9–0 5–0
1905 SIAA Dan McGugin 7–1 6–0
1906 SIAA Dan McGugin 8–1 6–0
1907 SIAA Dan McGugin 5–1–1 4–0
1910 SIAA Dan McGugin 8–0–1 5–0
1911 SIAA Dan McGugin 8–1 6–0
1912 SIAA Dan McGugin 8–1–1 4–0–1
1915 SIAA Dan McGugin 9–1 5–0
1921 SIAA Dan McGugin 7–0–1 4–0–1
1922 Southern Dan McGugin 8–0–1 3–0
1923 Southern Dan McGugin 5–2–1 3–0–1
† Denotes co-champions

Bowl games[edit]

Vanderbilt has participated in eight bowl games, with the Commodores garnering a record of 4–3–1 in bowl games.

Season Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1955 Art Guepe Gator Bowl Auburn W 25–13
1974 Steve Sloan Peach Bowl Texas Tech T 6–6
1982 George MacIntyre Hall of Fame Classic Air Force L 28–36
2008 Bobby Johnson Music City Bowl Boston College W 16–14
2011 James Franklin Liberty Bowl Cincinnati L 24–31
2012 Music City Bowl NC State W 38–24
2013 BBVA Compass Bowl Houston W 41–24
2016 Derek Mason Independence Bowl NC State L 17–41

Individual awards[edit]

College Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Vanderbilt Commodore football personnel have been inducted into the National Football Foundation's National College Football Hall of Fame.[16]

Players[edit]

Name Position Career
John J. Tigert Halfback 1901–1903
Josh Cody Tackle 1914–1916, 1919
Lynn Bomar End 1921–1924
William Spears Quarterback 1925–1927
Carl Hinkle Center 1935–1937

Coaches[edit]

Name Career
Dan McGugin 1904–1917, 1919–1934
Ray Morrison 1918, 1935–1939
Jess Neely 1920–1922*
Red Sanders 1940–1942, 1946–1948
Bill Edwards 1949–1952
  • Jess Neely played for Vanderbilt from 1920 to 1922, but he never coached at Vanderbilt.

All-Americans[edit]

Player Year Position
Zach Cunningham 2016 LB
Jordan Matthews 2013 WR
Casey Hayward 2011 CB
D.J. Moore 2008 DB
Earl Bennett 2006 WR
Jamie Winborn 1999 LB
Jamie Duncan 1997 LB
Bill Marinangel 1996 P
Boo Mitchell 1988 WR
Chris Gaines 1987 LB
Ricky Anderson 1984 P
Leonard Coleman 1983 DB
Chuck Scott 1983 TE
Jim Arnold 1982 P
Allama Matthews 1982 TE
Preston Brown 1979 Back
Barry Burton 1974 TE
Bob Asher 1969 T
Chip Healy 1968 LB
George Diedrich 1958 G
Charley Horton 1955 RB
Bill Wade 1951 QB
Bob Werckle 1951 T
Bucky Curtis 1950 Receiver
Bob Gude 1941 C
Carl Hinkle 1937 C
Pete Gracey 1932 C
Bull Brown 1929 G
Dick Abernathy 1928 End
Bill Spears 1926, 1927 QB
Gil Reese 1923, 1924 Back
Henry Wakefield 1923, 1924 End
Oliver Kuhn 1922 QB
Lynn Bomar 1922, 1923 End
Josh Cody 1914, 1915, 1919 T
Irby Curry 1916 QB
Lewie Hardage 1912 Back
Ray Morrison 1911 QB
W. E. Metzger 1910 G
Bob Blake 1907 E
Owsley Manier 1906 Back

Consensus All-American[edit]

Vanderilt has had seven consensus All-Americans in their history. In 2016, Zach Cunningham became the first unanminous All-American in Vanderbilt's history.[17]

Player Year Position
Zach Cunningham 2016 LB
Ricky Anderson 1984 P
Jim Arnold 1982 P
George Deiderich 1958 G
Pete Gracey 1932 C
Hek Wakefield 1924 E
Lynn Bomar 1923 E

All-Southerns[edit]

Captains[edit]

Year Captain
1890–1892 Elliott Jones
1893–1894 W. J. Keller
1895–1896 Phil Connell
1897 Howard Boogher
1898 Joe Goodson
1899 Walter H. Simmons
1900 John F. H. Barbee
1901 John Edgerton
1902 H. W. Davis
1903 Frank Kyle
1904 Irish Graham
1905 Innis Brown
1906 Dan Blake
1907 Bob Blake
1908 Vaughn Blake
1909 H. H. Williams
1910 Bill Neely
1911 Ray Morrison
1912 Lew Hardage
1913 Enoch Brown
1914 Ammie Sikes
1915 Russ Cohen
1916 Irby Curry
1917 Alfred T. Adams
1918 Herman Daves
1919 Josh Cody
1920 Johnny "Red" Floyd
1921 Pink Wade
1922 Jess Neely
1923 Doc Kuhn
1924 Tuck Kelly
1925 Gil Reese
1926 Neil Cargile
1927 Vernon Sharpe
1928 Jimmy Armistead
1929 Bull Brown
1930 Joe Scheffer
1931 Amos Leonard
1932 Chosen by game
1933 Chosen By Game
1934 Eugene Beck
1935 Charles W. Geny
1936 Dick Plasman
1937 Carl Hinkle
1938 Marvin. A. Franklin
1939 Raymond Andrus
1940 John Ellis
1941 Joe Atkinson
1942 Fred Holder
1943 James & Bob Hamilton
1944 Lee Austin & Dick Bostick
1945 Dick Bostick & James Hamilton
1946 Alf Satterfield
1947 John North & Tex Robertson
1948 John Clark
1949 Carl Copp
1950 Russ Faulkinberry
1951 Bob Werckle
1952 John Cheadle & Don Wade
1953 Larry Stone
1954 Pete Williams & John Hall
1955 Larry Frank & Jim Cunningham
1956 Don Orr & Art Demmas
1957 Bob Laws & Phil King
1958 Billy Grover
1959 No permanent captain
1960 Fred Riggs
1961 Cody Brinkley & Ed Creagh
1962 Jule Crocker & Mike Reese
1963 Sam Sullins
1964 Dave Malone, Bill Juday, & Wilford Fuqua
1965 Lane Wolbe
1966 Dave Maddux & Jim Thomas
1967 Bob Goodridge & Sid Ransom
1968 Mike Giltner & Rex Raines
1969 Bob Asher & Bill McDonald
1970 Steve Fritz, Mal Wall, & John Robinson
1971 John Carney & John Drake
1972 Jim Avery, Joe Cook, & Ken Stone
1973 Mark Ilgenfritz & Bo Patton
1974 David Lee
1975 Lonnie Sadler & Tom Galbierz
1976 Tom Ballman & David Hale
1977 Ed Parrish, Mike Birdsong, Reggie Calvin, & Mitch Lilly
1978 Randy Sittason & John Wooten
1979 Mike Ralston, Preston Brown, & Ronnie Myrick
1980 Phil Swindoll, Keith Phillips, & Rodney Gurley
1981 Rodney Gurley, Ken Hammond, & Andrew Coleman
1982 Whit Taylor, Allama Matthews, & Joe Staley
1983 Tom Moore, Steve Bearden, & Phil Roach
1984 Rob Monaco, Steve McCoy, Chuck Scott, & Manuel Young
1985 Steve Wade, Kermit Sykes, & Will Wolford
1986 Thanh Anderson, Mark Wracher, Mark Woehler, & Carl Woods
1987 Chris Gaines, Everett Crawford, Daryl Holt, & Carl Parker
1988 Eric Jones, Brent Turner, Joe Gentry, & Mike Johnson
1989 John Gromos, DeMond Winston, Andy McCarroll, & Greg Smith
1990 No permanent captains.
1991 Bobby Craycraft & Rod Keith
1992 Marcus Wilson & Marcus Young
1993 Gerald Collins, Tony Jackson, & Eric Dahlberg
1994 Gerald Collins & Eric Lewis
1995 No permanent captains.
1996 No permanent captains.
1997 Jamie Duncan, Corey Chavous, Jay Stallworth, Damian Allen, & John Bradley
1998 Rahim Batten, Clay Condrey, Jared McGrath, & Fred Vinson
1999 Jeff Barnett, Ainsley Battles, Lamont Turner, & Todd Yoder
2000 Ryan Aulds, Elliott Carson, John Markham; & Matt Stewart
2001 Jamie Byrum, Antuian Bradford, Nate Morrow, & Dan Stricker
2002 Jamie Byrum, Rushen Jones, & Dan Stricker
2003 Jay Cutler, Justin Geisinger, & Jovan Haye
2004 Jay Cutler, Justin Geisinger, Jovan Haye, & Chris Young
2005 Jay Cutler & Moses Osemwegie
2006 Brian Stamper & Jonathan Goff
2007 Jonathan Goff, Chris Williams, & Theo Horrocks
2008 Reshard Langford, Bradley Vierling, & George Smith
2009 Patrick Benoist, Ryan Hamilton, & Bradley Vierling
2010 Joey Bailey, T. J. Greenstone, Adam Smotherman, & Chris Marve
2011 Kyle Fischer, Casey Hayward, Chris Marve, Larry Smith, & Carey Spear
2012 Jordan Rodgers, Walker May, Archibald Barnes, Zac Stacy, Johnell Thomas, Javon Marshall, Wesley Johnson, & Carey Spear
2013 Austyn Carta-Samuels, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Matthews, Walker May, Chase Garnham, Andre Hal, Javon Marshall, Carey Spear, & Andrew East

Conference recognition[edit]

Vanderbilt Commodores personnel, including coaches and players, have received recognition from the Southeastern Conference for their performances on the football field.[16]

Most Valuable Player[edit]

Five Vanderbilt players have been awarded Most Valuable Player, with three of them being awarded over a six year span to Commodores.

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

Offensive Player of the Year[edit]

One Vanderbilt player has won Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Name Year
Jay Cutler 2005

Freshman of the Year[edit]

Two players have won Freshman of the Year while at Vanderbilt.

Name Year
Kwane Doster 2002
Warren Norman 2009

Best Blocker[edit]

One Commodore has won Best Blocker, doing so twice.

Name Year
Jack Jenkins 1941, 1942

Best Wide Receiver[edit]

Name Year
Earl Bennett 2005–2007

Coach of the Year[edit]

Five Vanderbilt coaches have won Coach of the Year honors over the past century.

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

Future opponents[edit]

Non-division opponents[edit]

Vanderbilt plays Ole Miss as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the West division among the other six schools.[18]

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
at Ole Miss vs Ole Miss at Ole Miss vs Ole Miss at Ole Miss vs Ole Miss at Ole Miss vs Ole Miss at Ole Miss
vs Alabama at Arkansas vs LSU at Texas A&M vs Mississippi State at Alabama vs Auburn at LSU vs Arkansas

Non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of March 3, 2017[19]

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
at Middle Tennessee vs Middle Tennessee vs Northern Illinois at Kansas State vs Houston at Northern Illinois at Wake Forest at Stanford vs Stanford at Colorado State at Stanford at NC State vs Purdue
vs WKU vs Tennessee State vs Purdue vs Mercer vs Stanford vs Wake Forest vs Hawaii at Georgia State vs Georgia State vs NC State
vs Kansas State at Notre Dame vs East Tennessee State vs Colorado State vs East Tennessee State at Hawaii at UNLV vs Colorado State
vs Alabama A&M vs. Nevada vs. UNLV at Colorado State

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2011/Awards.pdf
  2. ^ "Athletics Colors | Athletics | Vanderbilt University". Retrieved June 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Hall of Famers: Dan McGugin". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 8, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Hall of Famers: Ray Morrison". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 8, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers: Red Sanders". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 8, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Hall of Famers: Bill Edwards". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ "mcubed.net : NCAAF Football : Series records : Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt". mcubed.net. 
  8. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/vand/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/2012-fb-154-160-media2.pdf
  9. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Georgia vs Vanderbilt Archived 2014-07-20 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "mcubed.net : NCAAF Football : Series records : Mississippi vs. Vanderbilt". mcubed.net. 
  11. ^ "mcubed.net : NCAAF Football : Series records : Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt". mcubed.net. 
  12. ^ "Kentucky Vanderbilt series". Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  13. ^ William L. Traughber. "CHC- Sewanee Was Vandy's First Rival". 
  14. ^ cf. William L. Traughber. Vanderbilt Football: Tales of Commodore Gridiron History. p. 26. 
  15. ^ 2017 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). Indianapolis: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. July 2017. p. 111. Retrieved January 16, 2018. 
  16. ^ a b According to the Vanderbilt 2006 Football Media Guide.
  17. ^ "SEC Consensus All-Americans by the Numbers: Alabama has half the league's 2016 haul". 
  18. ^ "SEC Future Football Schedule Rotation Announced". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  19. ^ "Vanderbilt Commodores Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 

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