Vanderbilt Commodores Articles

Herschel Walker, Georgia Football
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt Football
Big wins in its last two games sent Vanderbilt and head coach Derek Mason to a bowl game for the first time in three seasons. Now the challenge is to sustain that success. Mason has 15 starters returning, including his record-setting running back,...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide Football
The SEC had a down year in 2016. While Alabama made the CFB Playoff, every other team in the league finished the season with at least four losses. But that was 2016, and the outlook for the SEC in 2017 looks a little brighter. The Crimson Tide is...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Dabo Swinney
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Jalen Hurts, Alabama Crimson Tide Football
Alabama is Athlon’s pick to win it all in 2017, so it should be no surprise the Crimson Tide dominate the All-SEC selections. Nick Saban’s team features 15 players on Athlon’s All-SEC squad for 2017, including 10 on the first team...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Nick Saban
Nick Saban is once again the unquestioned No. 1 coach in the SEC, but the debate begins at No. 2. Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Florida’s Jim McElwain and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn each have a case to earn the No. 2 spot, with...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Sam Darnold
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
As they say in the SEC, "It just means more." That is especially true in terms of scheduling, because in order for an SEC team to reach the College Football Playoff, it can't take a week off. Just about every team in the SEC is...
Cody McClure
7 months ago
The SEC takes all sorts of heat for its non-conference scheduling, and, frankly, this coming year probably won’t be much different.   Sure, there’s a Florida State here and a Clemson there, and there are those end-of-season ACC...
Matt Fortuna
7 months ago
Lamar Jackson
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy...
Steven Lassan
7 months ago
Minkah Fitzpatrick
Spring practice is underway around the SEC, and it’s never too early to take a peek at what’s ahead in 2017. While a few teams will kick off practice in late March, a majority of the SEC teams are already deep into spring practice and...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
After 77 long, agonizing seasons, Northwestern fans finally heard their name called on Selection Sunday. The Wildcats may still need to pinch themselves that it’s real, but the basketball team did indeed make it into the 2017 NCAA...
Bryan Fischer
8 months ago
Kevin Sumlin
Redshirt freshmen make an impact for every college football team during the course of a season, and it’s no surprise a handful of talented players are ready to push for time after sitting out the 2016 campaign. A variety of reasons could be...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Deondre Francois
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Jacob Eason
While the SEC still has a strong claim to rank as the No. 1 college football conference once again for 2017, this league slipped on the gridiron last year. Alabama played for the national championship, but the 13 other teams in the conference had...
Steven Lassan
8 months ago
Derek Mason
Derek Mason's Vanderbilt Commodores finally reached a bowl game in 2016 after getting hot at the end of the regular season. Vandy hammered Ole Miss 38-17 and knocked off rival Tennessee 45-34 in its last two games to reach the postseason....
Cody McClure
8 months ago
Mark Dantonio
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Nick Saban
While the SEC is considered college football’s best conference, the coaching ranks aren’t particularly deep on the gridiron. Alabama’s Nick Saban ranks as the best coach in the nation, but the next few spots are up for grabs. A...
Athlon Sports
9 months ago
Nick Saban
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
Jarrett Stidham
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
Skai Moore
Injuries are an unfortunate part of any college football season and usually take a toll on every FBS team by the end of the year. Several key players were hit by the injury bug in 2016, including a handful of big names from the SEC....
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
Alabama Crimson Tide
College football's National Signing Day is in the books and the focus for all 130 programs can officially turn to offseason workouts and practices and the pursuit of a championship. While a chunk of the focus every year is what happens on...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
Dabo Swinney
With National Signing Day in the books, the focus for the 2017 college football season shifts to spring practices and upcoming offseason workouts. While most freshmen won’t arrive until the summer, a handful of incoming recruits already hit...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
Jimbo Fisher
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how their program...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago
Ed Orgeron
Recruiting is the basic blueprint for any college football program. Building a winner starts on the recruiting trail, and the data is there to back up just how important Signing Day is to all 130 teams. Sure, there are going to be hits...
Steven Lassan
9 months ago

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