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    Spring Preview: Vanderbilt

    Vanderbilt University "Commodores"


    Quick Facts

    Location Nashville, Tenn.
    Founded 1873
    Enrollment 6,352
    Stadium Vanderbilt (39,773)
    Interim Chancellor Nick Zeppos
    Vice Chancellor David Williams
    Head Football Coach Bobby Johnson
    Offensive/Defensive System Multiple / 4-3
    All-Time Record 555-580-50(.449/1,163 games)
    SEC Championships 0
    Bowl Appearances/Record 4/2-1-1 (.625)

    2009 In Review

    2009 Record 2-10(1-5 H,1-5 A, 0-5 Eastern Division)
    Record/Finish 0-8 / 6th Eastern Division
    Bowl N/A
    National Ranking N/A
    Home Attendance 210,092 (35,015) / 88.04% Capacity

    SEC/NCAA Statistical Rankings

    Total Offense 306.3 (11th - SEC/110th - NCAA)
    Rushing Offense 160.0 (8th - SEC/49th - NCAA)
    Passing Offense 146.3(10th - SEC / 112th - NCAA)
    Scoring Offense 16.3(12th - SEC / 113th - NCAA)
    Total Defense 362.8 (9th - SEC / 56th - NCAA)
    Rushing Defense 197.8 (12th - SEC / 105th - NCAA)
    Passing Defense 164.9 (3rd - SEC / 9th -NCAA)
    Scoring Defense 23.3(8th - SEC / 46th- NCAA)
    Turnover Margin +3(5th - SEC /44th - NCAA)

    2009 Results (2-10 Overall - 0-8SEC)

    Sept. 5 rv/- WESTERN CAROLINA W 45-0 36,350      
    Sept. 12   at LSU L 9-23 91,566      
    Sept. 19   MISSISSIPPI STATE L 3-15 31,840      
    Sept. 26   at Rice W 36-17 19,753      
    Oct. 3   OLE MISS L 7-23 39,625      
    Oct. 10   at Army L 13-16 (OT) 34,357      
    Oct. 17   GEORGIA [HC] L 10-34 38,340      
    Oct. 24   at South Carolina L 10-14 75,624      
    Oct. 31   GEORGIA TECH L 31-56 30,262      
    Nov. 7   at Florida L 3-27 90,694      
    Nov. 14   KENTUCKY L 13-24 33,675      
    Nov. 21   at Tennessee L 16-31 100,124      

    2009 Statistical Leaders

    Rushing Games Attempts Yards Average TD Per Game
    Warren Norman 12 145 783 5.4 3 65.2
    Zac Stacy 10 107 478 4.5 3 47.8
    Larry Smith 9 85 217 2.5 2 23.7
    Kennard Reeves 10 25 153 6.1 2 15.3
    Jared Hawkins 3 27 130 4.8 0 43.3
    Opponents 12 540 2374 4.4 19 197.8

    Passing Games PE A-C-I Percent Yards TD Yards Per Game
    Larry Smith 9 88.0 227-106-7 46.7 1126 4 125.1
    Mackenzi Adams 7 94.0 125-64-3 51.2 630 2 90.0
    Vanderbilt 12 90.1 352-170-10 48.3 1756 6 146.3
    Opponents 12 116.8 305-171-12 56.1 1979 13 164.9

    Receiving Games Receptions Yards Average TD Receptions Per Game  
    John Cole 11 36 382 10.6 1 3.3  
    Brandon Barden 29 357 12.3 1 2.4  
    Udom Umoh 12 20 267 13.4 1 1.7  
    Warren Norman 12 19 108 5.7 1 1.6  
    Turner Wimberly 11 12 99 8.2 0 1.1  
    Alex Washington 11 11 125 11.4 0 1.0  

    Tackles Total Tackles For Loss Sacks Interceptions Pass Breakups FC-FR
    Chris Marve 121 (57-64) 6.5 1.0 0 0 3-0
    Patrick Benoist 85 (42-43) 5.5 2.5 1 1 0-2
    Sean Richardson 84 (43-41) 4.5 0 0 2 1-0
    Brent Trice 82 (40-42) 5.5 1.5 0 2 0-1
    Casey Hayward 58 (40-18) 8.5 0 2 7 0-0
    Joel Caldwell 47 (25-22) 1.0 0 0 2 1-0

    Team Information

    STARTERS RETURNING
    • 12 Offense (6):         
             WR     Udom Umoh (6-0, 175, Jr.)
             WR     John Cole (5-11, 175, So.)
             TE       Branden Barden (6-5, 245, Jr.)
             QB      Larry Smith (6-2, 220, Jr.)
             TB      Warren Norman (5-10, 188, So.)
             LG      Kyle Fischer (6-6, 308, Jr.)

    Defense (5):  
            
    DE       Tim Fugger (6-4, 250, Jr.)
             DT       Adam Smotherman (6-4, 290, Sr.)
             MLB    Chris Marve (6-0, 230, Jr.)
             CB      Casey Hayward (6-0, 180, Jr.)
             SS      Sean Richardson (6-2,205, Jr.)
     
    Specialists (1):
              PK Ryan Fowler (5-11,165, So.)

    STARTERS LOST
    • 12 Offense (5): 
               WR   Alex Washington (5-10, 188, Sr.)
                LT    Thomas Welch (6-7, 315, Sr.)
                C      Bradley Vierling (6-3,294, Sr.)
                RG   Eric Hensley (6-6, 320, Sr.)
                RT    Reilly Laurer (6-7, 275, Sr.)

    Defense (6):        
               DT     Greg Billinger (6-4, 297, Sr.)
               DE     Broderick Stewart (6-5, 235, Sr.)
               SLB   Brent  Trice (6-3, 214, Sr.)
               WLB  Patrick Benoist (6-0, 224, Sr.)
               FS     Joel Caldwell (6-1, 195, Sr.)
               CB     Myron Lewis (6-2, 205, Sr.)

    Specialists (1):
                P Brett Upson (5-11, 188, Sr.)        
       

    NOTE:  Specialists include punter and placekicker only.

    2010 Schedule

    Sept. 4      NORTHWESTERN
    Sept. 11    LSU
    Sept. 18    at Ole Miss
    Oct. 2        at Connecticut
    Oct. 9         EASTERN MICHIGAN
    Oct. 16       at Georgia
    Oct. 23       SOUTH CAROLINA
    Oct. 30       at Arkansas
    Nov. 6         FLORIDA
    Nov. 13       at Kentucky
    Nov. 20       TENNESSEE
    Nov. 27       WAKE FOREST 

    Coach Bobby Johnson

    Alma Mater:    Clemson (1973)
    Coaching Experience: Furman Assistant Coach 1976-80; Clemson Academic Counselor 1981; Furman Assistant Coach 1982-92; Clemson Assitant Coach 1993; Fuman Head Coach 1994-2001; Vanderbilt Head Coach 2002-.
    Johnson Year-By-Year

    Year School Conference Record Percent All Percent Bowl
    1994 Furman 2-6 .250 3-8 .273  
    1995 Furman 5-3 .625 6-5 .545  
    1996 Furman 6-2 .750 9-4 .692 I-AA Qtrfinals
    1997 Furman 5-3 .625 7-4 .636  
    1998 Furman 3-5 .375 5-6 .455  
    1999 Furman 7-1 .875 9-3 .750 I-AA 1st Rd
    2000 Furman 6-2 .750 9-3 .750 I-AA 1st Rd
    2001 Furman 7-1 .875 12-3 .800 I-AA Finals
    2002 Vanderbilt 0-8 .000 2-10 .167
    2003 Vanderbilt 1-7 .125 2-10 .167  
    2004 Vanderbilt 1-7 .125 2-9 .182  
    2005 Vanderbilt 3-5 .375 5-6 .455  
    2006 Vanderbilt 1-7 .125 4-8 .333  
    2007 Vanderbilt 2-6 .250 5-7 .417  
    2008 Vanderbilt 4-4 .500 7-6 .538 Music City
    2009 Vanderbilt 0-8 .000 2-10 .167  
    Totals   53-75 .414 89-102 .466 16 Years
    Vanderbilt Record   12-54 .182 29-66 .305 8 Years
    Furman Record   41-23 .641 60-36 .625 8 Years

    Commodore Assistant Coaches

    Charlie Fisher (Springfield, 1981) -- Wide Recievers/ Passing Game Coordinator
    Bruce Fowler (Furman, 1981) -- Asst. Head Coach/ Defense
    Robbie Caldwell (Furman, 1976)-- Asst. Head Coach/ Offensive Line
    Ted Cain (Furman, 1976) --  Spcial Teams Coordinator/ Tight Ends
    Jimmy Kiser (Furman, 1974)-- Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks
    Desmond Kitchings (Furman, 2000)-- Running Backs/ Running Game Coordinator
    Jamie Bryant (Ohio Wesleyan, 1991)-- Defensive Coordinator/ Secondary
    Rick Logo (N.C. State, 1992)-- Defensive LIne
    Mike Pelton (Auburn, 1995) -- Defensive Ends 

    Top Returnees (Honors and Statistics From 2009 Season)

    LB Chris Marve (6-0, 230,  Jr., Memphis, Tenn. )
        * Second- Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
        * Lead SEC in tackles per game (10.1/121 total)
        * Tied for second in SEC in fumbles forced (3)
        * Had season high 18 stops against Georgia Tech, which was also tops in the SEC.

    TB Warren Norman (5-10, 190, So., Stone Mountain, Ga. )

        *  Second-team All SEC (SEC Coaches) as return specialist
        *  SEC Freshman of the Year (AP & SEC Coaches)
        *  First-team Freshman All- America (FWAA & Sporting News)
        *  Led SEC in all-purpose yards per game (161.8 / 1,941 total)
        *  Fifth in SEC in kick return average (26.2)and seventh in rushing yards per game (65.2)

    TB  Zac Stacy  (5-10, 202, So., Prattville, Ala)
        * Playing through injury, rushed for 478 yards and three TDs.
        * Rushing total ranks 7th all-time among Vanderbilt freshman backs
        * Opened season as starter over eventual SEC Freshman of the Year, Warren Norman

    SAF Sean Richardson(6-2, 201, Jr., Linden, Ala)
        * Led all SEC defensive backs with 84 total tackles (43 solos)
        * Had 4.5 sacks (-15 yards) , broke up two passes and recovered a fumble  
        * Had season best 11 tackles against Kentucky