Vanderbilt Commodores (2-8)
East Tennessee State (3-8)
Nov. 23, 2019 • 2:30 p.m. CT
Vanderbilt Stadium • 40,350
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• Vanderbilt stays on campus this Saturday to host East Tennessee State. The Commodores are looking for their third victory, and second of the year against non-conference opponents. The Commodores and Buccaneers will kick off at 2:30 p.m. in Vanderbilt Stadium.
• The following academic seniors and graduate students on the Vanderbilt football team will be recognized prior to kickoff this Saturday: S Gil Barksdale, DL Drew Birchmeier, OL Devin Cochran, S Frank Coppet, OL Rowan Godwin, K Ryley Guay, CB Elijah Hamilton, QB Mo Hasan, OLB Kenny Hebert, TE Braden Kopp, WR Kalija Lipscomb, OL Carlton Lorenz, TE Cody Markel, OL Sean McMoore, OLB Andre Mintze, QB Riley Neal, LB Caleb Peart, TE Jared Pinkney, S Austin Quillen, DL Josiah Sa’o, WR Justice Shelton-Mosley, DL Cameron Tidd, RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB Jamauri Wakefield, QB Deuce Wallace, CB Cam Watkins, WR Jackson Winrow, OL Saige Young and DL Eddie Zinn-Turner. Vanderbilt Athletics and the Commodore football team also will recognize the family of Turner Cockrell, a Class of 2020 tight end passed away on Nov. 28, 2018 after a long battle with melanoma.
• This marks the first gridiron meeting between Vanderbilt and East Tennessee State, located in Johnson City, Tennessee.
• East Tennessee State is a member of the Southern Conference. The Commodores are 34-6 all-time against current members of the league: Chattanooga (18-1), Furman (2-1), Mercer (4-0), Samford (2-0), The Citadel (4-2), VMI (3-2) and Western Carolina (1-0).
• Vanderbilt is seeking its seventh November win since 2016.
• When the Commodores face East Tennessee State, they will be searching for their ninth consecutive victory against teams from the state of Tennessee. Since the 2015 season, the Commodores have notched three wins against both Middle Tennessee and Tennessee, and a pair of victories over Tennessee State.
• Eighteen student-athletes have earned their first collegiate starts for the Commodores this season: BJ Anderson (R-Fr., CB), Ben Bresnahan (R-Fr., TE), Daevion Davis (Fr., DT), Dan Dawkins (R-Fr., OG), Mo Hasan (R-Jr., QB), Brendon Harris (R-Fr., safety), Randall Haynie (R-So., CB), Kenny Hebert (R-Jr., OLB), Dashaun Jerkins (R-Fr., safety), Cam Johnson (R-Fr., WR), Jaylen Mahoney (Fr., CB), Sean McMoore (R-Jr., C), Grant Miller (R-So., C), Rutger Reitmaier (R-So., DL), Harrison Smith (R-Fr., punter), Tyler Steen (R-Fr., OT), Jonathan Stewart (R-So., OT) and Deuce Wallace (R-Jr., QB). Four more were first-time starters in a Vanderbilt uniform: Riley Neal (Gr., QB), Justice Shelton-Mosley (Gr., WR), Cam Watkins (Gr., CB) and DC Williams (Jr., CB).
• Twenty-two student-athletes have logged their first action as Commodores this season: Ben Bresnahan (R-Fr., TE), Keyon Brooks (Fr., RB), Camden Coleman (R-Fr., S), Pierson Cooke (So., K), Daevion Davis (Fr., DT), Tre Douglas (R-Fr., CB), Rowan Godwin (Gr., OL), Justin Harris (Fr., S), Gabe Jeudy (Fr., CB), Brandon Maddox (Jr., DT), Jaylen Mahoney (Fr., CB), Salua Masina (R-Fr., LB), Elijah McAllister (R-Fr., OLB), Scott Meyer (Gr., LS), Riley Neal (Gr., QB), Anferee Orji (Fr., S), Leshawn Paulino-Bell (R-So., OLB), Mitchell Pryor (So., RB), Javan Rice (R-Fr., K), Justice Shelton-Mosley (Gr., WR/PR), Cam Watkins (Gr., CB) and DC Williams (Jr., CB).
• Ke’Shawn Vaughn (R-Sr., RB) is among Vanderbilt’s best for rushing touchdowns, rushing yards and 100-yard rushing games in just 22 appearances. He ranks tied for third in rushing touchdowns (19), tied for fourth in 100-yard rushing games (8) and eighth in rushing yards (2,120). Vaughn is averaging 87.6 yards/game, tied for fifth among SEC running backs. He ranks 13th among active NCAA backs with 3,144 career rushing yards. Against Kentucky, Vaughn paced the Commodores with 83 all-purpose yards (58 rushing, 25 receiving).
• One year after the graduation of 43-game starting quarterback Kyle Shurmur, the Commodores have faced a revolving door at the position. Due to a string of injuries, three quarterbacks have earned starts this season: Riley Neal (Gr.), Mo Hasan (R-Jr.) and Deuce Wallace (R-Jr.). A fourth quarterback, Allan Walters (R-So.) also has played this season.
• Of Vanderbilt’s top 16 tacklers, only three — Tae Daley (S), Dimitri Moore (LB) and Dayo Odeyingbo (DL) — started more than five games a year ago. Linebacker Caleb Peart is the only senior among Vanderbilt’s top dozen tacklers.
• Vanderbilt has faced four ranked opponents this season: No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 LSU, No. 22 Missouri and No. 10 Florida. The Commodores are 1-3 in those games.