NOTEBOOK: VU in the stats, and who's not playing

Chris Lee, Publisher
Vandy Sports

Here's what's news and note-worthy around Vanderbilt football heading into the Kansas State game.


Through two weeks, Vanderbilt and its players are performing nicely in several statistical categories.

Quarterback Kyle Shumur sits atop ESPN's QBR rankings nationally. Shurmur also leads the Southeastern Conference in passing efficiency and ranks third in yards per game and fourth in total offense.

Receiver Trent Sherfield ranks seventh in the SEC in receiving yards per game (68.5).

Linebacker Charles Wright leads the SEC in sacks (4.0). He and Dare Odeyingbo are tied alone for the SEC lead in tackles for loss (4.5).

Tre Herndon is in a five-way tie for third in passes defended (three).

As a team, VU leads the SEC in scoring defense (3.0) and opponents' third-down conversions (12.0) and is second in total defense (171.5 yards per game) and tied for second in sacks allowed (0.5).

On the bad side, VU ranks last in the league in net yards per punt (32.8) by over three yards, and l3th in average yards per punt (37.3).


With the MTSU and Alabama A&M games in the books, we now have a good read on which players we should not expect to see on the field this year.

So far, the following scholarship true freshmen have not played:

Feleti Afemu (LB)

Colin Anderson (LB)

Bryce Bailey (OL)

James Bostic (WR)

Jonah Buchanan (DL)

Brayden DeVault-Smith (LB)

Stone Edwards (DL)

Jacob Free (QB)

Allan George (DB)

Randall Haynie (DB)

Grant Miller (OL)

Dmitri Moore (LB)

Michael Owusu (LB)

Chris Pierce (WR)

Jonathan Stewart (OL)

According to the official participation reports, these scholarship upperclassmen have not suited up this year:

Drew Birchmaier (DL)

Frank Coppet (DB)

Josh Crawford (RB)

Taurean Ferguson (DB)

Kenny Hebert (LB)

Braden Kopp (OL)

Bailey McElwain (FB)

Donaven Tennyson (WR)

Birchmaier, Hebert and McElwain in a red shirt throughout fall camp when we saw it.

Kopp was not dressed for Alabama A&M and appears to have an injury.

Crawford may be headed for a redshirt year due to the depth in front of him.

Tennyson was on the sideline Saturday and appeared to be ready to go in at one point. He was sidelined midway through fall camp but we expect to see him this season.

Turner Cockrell (TE) wasn't dressed Saturday; we believe he played against MTSU, though he wasn't listed in the participation report that MTSU generated.

Alex Stump (WR) and KeShawn Vaughn (RB) haven't played, but those two are sitting out this year due to transferring from Ohio State and Illinois.

Cole Clemens (OL), Tae Daley (DB), Dayo Odeyingbo (DL) and Jalen Pinkney (OL) are the only true freshmen to play so far.


Vanderbilt did not make either the AP or Coaches' polls this week, but did get votes in both.

The Commodores got two votes in the AP poll and are effectively tied for 37th.

In the Coaches Poll, VU got five votes and ranks 40th.

Vanderbilt ranks 57th in Jeff Sagarin's ratings this week, 44th in the Fremeau Efficiency Ratings put out by Football Outsiders.

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