Facing the Gators in Gainesville

Vanderbilt looks for first road against Florida since 2013

Vanderbilt Commodores (2-6)
No. 10/11 Florida Gators (7-2)

Nov. 9, 2019 • 11 a.m. CT
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • 88,548
Gainesville, Fla.

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• Vanderbilt stays on the road for a second straight Saturday, facing nationally ranked Florida in Gainesville. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

• The Commodores are looking for their 11th victory against Florida. The Gators have won the last five meetings since Vanderbilt captured a 34-17 victory in Gainesville in 2013.

• The Gators are Vanderbilt’s fourth ranked opponent this season, joining No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 LSU and No. 22 Missouri.

• Ke’Shawn Vaughn (R-Sr., RB) has entered Vanderbilt’s all-time top 10 for rushing touchdowns, rushing yards and 100+ rushing games in just 20 appearances. Vaughn rushed for a team-high 87 yards on 20 carries at South Carolina on Nov. 2. He ranks tied for fourth in rushing touchdowns (18), tied for fourth in 100+ rushing games (8) and ninth in rushing yards (2,034). Vaughn is averaging 98.8 yards/game, third among SEC running backs. He ranks 12th among active NCAA backs with 3,058 career rushing yards.

• The Commodores are looking for post their first SEC win on the road since defeating Arkansas 45-31 on Oct. 27, 2018.

Fifteen student-athletes have earned their first collegiate starts for the Commodores this season: BJ Anderson (R-Fr., CB), 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), Harrison Smith (R-Fr., punter), Tyler Steen (R-Fr., OT) and Jonathan Stewart (R-So., OT). 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).

• For the third consecutive week, Vanderbilt’s starting defense at South Carolina did not include a senior. The starters included five juniors, three sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and a true freshman.

• Twenty-one student-athletes have logged their first action as Commodores through eight games of the 2019 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), 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).

• Of Vanderbilt’s top 16 tacklers, only three — Tae Daley (S), Dimitri Moore (LB) and Dayo Odeyingbo (DL) — started at least six games a year ago. Linebacker Caleb Peart is the only senior among Vanderbilt’s top dozen tacklers.

• Kickers Ryley Guay (Sr.) and Javan Rice (R-Fr.) have been nearly perfect hitting through the uprights this season, converting on eight of nine field goal attempts and all 10 extra point attempts.

• Thirteen Commodores hail from Florida — James Bostic (R-So., WR, Fort Lauderdale), Frank Coppet (R-Jr., S, Fort Lauderdale), Mo Hasan (R-Jr., QB, Miami), Randall Haynie (R-So., CB, Fort Lauderdale), Julian Hernandez (Fr., OL, Davie), Ja’Veon Marlow (R-Fr., RB, Winter Haven), Grant Miller (R-So., C, Fort Lauderdale), Lashawn Paulino-Bell (Jr., OLB, Fort Lauderdale), Javan Rice (R-Fr., K, Miami), Tyler Steen (R-Fr., OL, Miami), Jamauri Wakefield (R-Jr., RB, Jacksonville), DC Williams (Jr., CB, Miami) and Max Worship (So., S, Fort Lauderdale).