Tommy Eckels - Football - Vanderbilt University Athletics

#40 Tommy Eckels


Class Senior
Height 6'2"
Weight 225
Hometown Kansas City, Mo.
High School Rockhurst

As a Junior (2022)
• Played in all 12 games, predominately on special teams
• Saw the field for 231 special teams plays, 80 on kickoff return and 59 each on kickoff coverage and punt coverage
• Registered nine special teams tackles, including two against Wake Forest
• Earned a special teams grade of 83.6 from Pro Football Focus, second-highest on the team among those with at least 50 plays

As a Sophomore (2021)

• 11 games played
• One tackle in season finale at Tennessee

As a Freshman (2020)
• Played in two games, against South Carolina and Tennessee
• First‐Year SEC Academic Honor Roll

The Eckels File
• Prepped at Rockhurst (Mo.)
• Over 300 career tackles as a prep
• 136 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a senior
• First-team all-state as a senior
• 133 tackles, nine sacks and five forced fumbles as a junior year
• Second-team all-state as a junior
• Led Rockhurst to Missouri Class 6-A runner-up
• Four-time first-team all-metro in lacrosse
• U.S. All-American in lacrosse
• Four-year letter winner in basketball
• Full name is Thomas Pritchard Eckels
• Born in Kansas City, Missouri
• Son of David and Ann Eckels
• Father played football at Vanderbilt
• Three siblings: Jack, Jeanne, William and Molly
• Majoring in human and organizational development