Opportunity Awaits Saturday

Commodores host UNLV in nonconference matchup Saturday

by Opportunity Awaits Saturday

Vanderbilt Commodores (1-4)
UNLV Rebels (1-4)

Oct. 12, 2019 • 3 p.m. CT
Vanderbilt Stadium • 40,350
Nashville, Tenn.

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• Vanderbilt plays host to its second nonconference opponent this Saturday when UNLV visits Vanderbilt Stadium. The Commodores are in search for their second victory of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT in Vanderbilt Stadium.

• This Saturday marks the first meeting between Vanderbilt and UNLV.

• Vanderbilt has faced only two other members of the Mountain West Conference — Air Force and Nevada. The Commodores are 3-3 all-time against MWC teams, including a home victory over Nevada last season.

• Vanderbilt has coming off back-to-back games (vs. Northern Illinois, at Ole Miss) without a turnover by either team. According to STATS, it has not happened to the Commodores in the last 25 years. The last time any SEC team did so was Florida in 2017.

• For the second consecutive Saturday, Vanderbilt will be facing the Rebels. UNLV and Ole Miss are the only FBS teams with the nickname.

• Commodore kickers Ryley Guay (Sr.) and Javan Rice (R-Fr.) have been perfect through the uprights this season, converting on all seven field goal attempts and nine extra point attempts.

• Of Vanderbilt’s top 15 tacklers, only three (safety Tae Daley, LB Dimitri Moore and DL Dayo Odeyingbo) started at least six games a year ago.

• Twelve student-athletes have earned their first collegiate starts this season: BJ Anderson (R-Fr., CB), Daveion Davis (Fr., DT), Dan Dawkins (R-Fr., OG), 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), Grant Miller (R-So., C), Harrison Smith (R-Fr., punter), Tyler Steen (R-Fr., OT) and Jonathan Stewart (R-So., OT). Three others were first-time starters in a Vanderbilt uniform: Riley Neal (Gr., QB), Cam Watkins (Gr., CB) and DC Williams, (Jr., CB).

• Twenty-one student-athletes have logged their first action as Commodores early in the 2019 season: Neal, Watkins, Williams, 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 McAlister (R-Fr., OLB), Scott Meyer (Gr., LS), Anferee Orji (Fr., S), Mitchell Pryor (So., RB), Leshawn Paulino-Bell (R-So., OLB), Javan Rice (R-Fr., K) and Justice Shelton-Mosley (Gr., WR/PR).

• Vanderbilt has faced one of the nation’s most difficult early-season schedules. In September, the Commodores were the only team in the nation to have faced two top-5 opponents in No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 LSU. Vanderbilt was also one of five FBS teams to open with three Power 5 opponents in Georgia, Purdue and LSU.