Vanderbilt Commodores Football
Vanderbilt Commodores football
2017 Vanderbilt Commodores football team
Vanderbilt Commodores logo.svg
First season 1890
Athletic director David Williams II
Head coach Derek Mason
4th season, 15-25 (.375)
Stadium Vanderbilt Stadium
(Capacity: 40,550)
Field Dudley Field
Year built 1922
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Nashville, Tennessee
NCAA division Division I
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern
Past conferences SIAA
 (1895-1921)
Southern Conference
 (1922-1932)
All-time record 597-607-50 (.496)
Bowl record 4-3-1 (.563)
Unclaimed nat'l titles 2 (1921, 1922)
Conference titles 14 (0 SEC)
Rivalries Tennessee Volunteers
Georgia Bulldogs
Ole Miss Rebels
Kentucky Wildcats
Consensus All-Americans 7[1]
Colors Black and Gold[2]
         
Fight song Dynamite!
Mascot Mr. C
Marching band Spirit of Gold Marching Band
Outfitter Nike
Website vucommodores.com

The Vanderbilt Commodores football program represents Vanderbilt University in the sport of American football. The Commodores compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the East Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They are currently coached by Derek Mason. Vanderbilt plays their home games at Vanderbilt Stadium, located on the university's Nashville, Tennessee campus.

History

Head coaching history

Adopting the nickname the Commodores after the 1897 season, the team has played in 1,250 games over 126 seasons. In that time, six coaches have led the Commodores to a postseason bowl appearance: Art Guepe, Steve Sloan, George MacIntyre, Bobby Johnson, James Franklin and Derek Mason. Four have led them to a conference championship: R. G. Acton, W. H. Watkins, James H. Henry, and Dan McGugin. McGugin is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 198 victories during his thirty years at Vanderbilt. He was awarded two National Championships retroactively by Clyde Berryman.

Of the twenty-eight different head coaches who have led the Commodores, McGugin,[3]Ray Morrison,[4]Henry Russell Sanders,[5] and Bill Edwards[6] have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The current head coach is Derek Mason.

Uniforms

Throughout the years Vanderbilt has predominantly featured differing designs of gold helmets, black or gold jerseys at home, white jerseys on the road, and gold, black or white pants home and road.

During the James Franklin-era (2011-2013), new all-black alternate uniforms featuring black helmets, and all-white alternate uniforms featuring white helmets were unveiled. The team's gold jerseys were also re-designed with the addition of black shoulders and a more muted gold color.

Derek Mason's tenure (2014-Present) has seen the team seemingly adopt a "base" uniform of black matte helmets, black jerseys and black pants at home and black matte helmets, white jerseys and black pants on the road. Additionally, the team utilizes several alternate combinations including among others a black matte helmet, gold jersey and gold pant combo and an updated version of the all-white alternate from the Franklin-era.

In 2015, the team debuted a "Deep Water" alternate uniform with dark gray helmets featuring an anchor logo (instead of star) and battleship gray jerseys and pants. These uniforms have thus far been usually worn once or twice early in the season at home. Most recently, the traditional gold helmet was altered in 2017 with the removal of all white accents and stripes.

Rivals

Tennessee

Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt 2007

Vanderbilt and Tennessee have played 111 times since 1892 , Tennessee leads the series 75-31-5.[7] When the rivalry first started Vanderbilt dominated by taking 19 of the first 24 with 3 ties. After 1928, UT has dominated the rivalry with a record against Vanderbilt of 73-12-2. The largest margin of victory for Vanderbilt was by 76 points in 1918 at Old Dudley Field in Nashville. (Vanderbilt 76, Tennessee 0) The largest defeat was 65 points in 1994 at Vanderbilt Stadium (Tennessee 65, Vanderbilt 0). The longest win streaks for Vanderbilt is (9) from 1901 to 1913. The longest win streak for Tennessee is 22, from 1983 to 2004.[8]

Georgia

Georgia Vanderbilt 2011

Having started in 1893, the Georgia-Vanderbilt football series has been played annually since 1968. The two are divisional opponents in the SEC East. The series, which rotates between Nashville, Tennessee and Athens, Georgia, stands with Georgia leading 55-20-2[9]

Ole Miss

Ole Miss is Vanderbilt's cross-divisional rival in the SEC.

Vanderbilt and Ole Miss have played 91 times since 1894.[10] Ole Miss leads the series 50-39-2.[10] The largest margin of victory was by 91 points won by Vanderbilt in 1915. Vanderbilt also holds the longest win streaks in the series (18) from 1894 to 1938.

Kentucky

Having started in 1896, the Kentucky-Vanderbilt football series has been played annually since 1953.[11] The two are divisional opponents in the SEC East. The series, which rotates between Nashville, Tennessee and Lexington, Kentucky, is led by Kentucky at 43-42-4 with the average score being Vanderbilt 16.9-Kentucky 15.6.[12]

Sewanee

Vanderbilt and the Sewanee Tigers were both founding members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA), the Southern Conference, and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). It is the oldest of Vanderbilt's rivalries;[13] dating back to 1891 when Vanderbilt played its second football game. Vanderbilt leads the series 40-8-4.[14] The largest margin of victory was in 1905 when Vanderbilt won 68-4. Usually played towards the end of the season on Thanksgiving Day, the two teams have not met again since 1944.

Yearly records

Year-by-year results

Conference Champions Bowl Eligible

[15]

Year Conference Coach Conference Overall Notes
Win Loss Tie Pct. Win Loss Tie Pct.
1890 None Elliott H. Jones 1 0 0 1.000
1891 None Elliott H. Jones 3 1 0 .750
1892 None Elliott H. Jones 4 4 0 .500
1893 None W. J. Keller 6 1 0 .857
1894 SIAA Henry Thornton 2 0 0 1.000 7 1 0 .875
1895 SIAA C. L. Upton 3 1 0 .750 5 3 1 .611
1896 SIAA R. G. Acton 3 0 1 .875 3 2 2 .571
1897 SIAA R.G. Acton 3 0 0 1.000 6 0 1 .929 SIAA Champions
1898 SIAA R. G. Acton 1 2 0 .333 1 5 0 .167
1899 SIAA James L. Crane 4 0 0 1.000 7 2 0 .777
1900 SIAA James L. Crane 2 3 1 .417 4 4 1 .500
1901 SIAA W. H. Watkins 5 0 1 .917 6 1 1 .813 SIAA Champions
1902 SIAA W. H. Watkins 6 1 0 .857 8 1 0 .889
1903 SIAA James H. Henry 5 1 1 .786 6 1 1 .813 SIAA Co-Champions
1904 SIAA Dan McGugin 5 0 0 1.000 9 0 0 1.000 SIAA Champions
1905 SIAA Dan McGugin 6 0 0 1.000 7 1 0 .875 SIAA Champions
1906 SIAA Dan McGugin 6 0 0 1.000 8 1 0 .889 SIAA Champions
1907 SIAA Dan McGugin 4 0 0 1.000 5 1 1 .786 SIAA Champions
1908 SIAA Dan McGugin 3 0 1 .875 7 2 1 .750
1909 SIAA Dan McGugin 4 1 0 .800 7 3 0 .700
1910 SIAA Dan McGugin 5 0 0 1.000 8 0 1 .889 SIAA Champions
1911 SIAA Dan McGugin 5 0 0 1.000 8 1 0 .889 SIAA Champions
1912 SIAA Dan McGugin 4 0 1 .900 8 1 1 .850 SIAA Champions
1913 SIAA Dan McGugin 3 1 0 .750 5 3 0 .625
1914 SIAA Dan McGugin 1 4 0 .200 2 6 0 .250
1915 SIAA Dan McGugin 5 0 0 1.000 9 1 0 .900 SIAA Champions
1916 SIAA Dan McGugin 3 1 1 .700 7 1 1 .833
1917 SIAA Dan McGugin 3 2 0 .600 5 3 0 .625
1918 SIAA Ray Morrison 4 0 0 1.000 4 2 0 .667 Dan McGugin did not coach due to service in World War I.
1919 SIAA Dan McGugin 3 1 2 .667 5 1 2 .750
1920 SIAA Dan McGugin 3 3 0 .500 5 3 1 .611
1921 SIAA Dan McGugin 4 0 1 .900 7 0 1 .938 SIAA Co-Champions
1922 SoCon Dan McGugin 3 0 0 1.000 8 0 1 .944 SoCon Co-Champions
1923 SoCon Dan McGugin 3 0 1 .875 5 2 1 .688 SoCon Co-Champions
1924 SoCon Dan McGugin 3 3 0 .500 6 3 1 .650
1925 SoCon Dan McGugin 3 3 0 .500 6 3 0 .667
1926 SoCon Dan McGugin 4 1 0 .800 8 1 0 .889
1927 SoCon Dan McGugin 5 0 2 .857 8 1 2 .818
1928 SoCon Dan McGugin 4 2 0 .666 8 2 0 .800
1929 SoCon Dan McGugin 5 1 0 .833 7 2 0 .778
1930 SoCon Dan McGugin 5 2 0 .714 8 2 0 .800
1931 SoCon Dan McGugin 3 4 0 .428 5 4 0 .556
1932 SoCon Dan McGugin 4 1 2 .625 6 1 2 .778
1933 SEC Dan McGugin 2 2 2 .500 4 3 3 .550
1934 SEC Dan McGugin 4 3 0 .571 6 3 0 .667
1935 SEC Ray Morrison 5 1 0 .833 7 3 0 .700
1936 SEC Ray Morrison 1 3 1 .300 3 5 1 .389
1937 SEC Ray Morrison 4 2 0 .667 7 2 0 .778
1938 SEC Ray Morrison 4 3 0 .571 6 3 0 .667
1939 SEC Ray Morrison 1 6 0 .143 2 7 1 .250
1940 SEC Red Sanders 1 5 1 .214 3 6 1 .350
1941 SEC Red Sanders 3 2 0 .600 8 2 0 .800
1942 SEC Red Sanders 2 4 0 .333 6 4 0 .600
1943 SEC E. H. Alley 0 0 0 .000 5 0 0 1.000 Red Sanders did not coach due to service in World War II.
1944 SEC Doby Bartling 0 0 0 .000 3 0 1 .875 Red Sanders did not coach due to service in World War II.
1945 SEC Doby Bartling 2 4 0 .333 3 6 0 .333 Red Sanders did not coach due to service in World War II.
1946 SEC Red Sanders 3 4 0 .429 5 4 0 .556
1947 SEC Red Sanders 3 3 0 .500 6 4 0 .600
1948 SEC Red Sanders 4 2 1 .643 8 2 1 .773 Finished #12 in final AP poll
1949 SEC Bill Edwards 4 4 0 .500 5 5 0 .500
1950 SEC Bill Edwards 3 4 0 .429 7 4 0 .636
1951 SEC Bill Edwards 3 5 0 .375 6 5 0 .545
1952 SEC Bill Edwards 1 4 1 .250 3 5 2 .400
1953 SEC Art Guepe 1 5 0 .167 3 7 0 .300
1954 SEC Art Guepe 1 5 0 .167 2 7 0 .222
1955 SEC Art Guepe 4 3 0 .571 8 3 0 .727 Defeated Auburn 25-13 in Gator Bowl
1956 SEC Art Guepe 2 5 0 .286 5 5 0 .500
1957 SEC Art Guepe 3 3 1 .583 5 3 2 .600
1958 SEC Art Guepe 2 1 3 .583 5 2 3 .650
1959 SEC Art Guepe 3 2 2 .571 5 3 2 .600
1960 SEC Art Guepe 1 6 0 .143 3 7 0 .300
1961 SEC Art Guepe 1 6 0 .143 2 8 0 .200
1962 SEC Art Guepe 1 6 0 .143 1 9 0 .100
1963 SEC Jack Green 0 5 2 .143 1 7 2 .250
1964 SEC Jack Green 1 4 0 .200 3 6 1 .350
1965 SEC Jack Green 1 5 0 .167 2 7 1 .200
1966 SEC Jack Green 0 6 0 .000 1 9 0 .100
1967 SEC Bill Pace 0 6 0 .000 2 7 1 .250
1968 SEC Bill Pace 2 3 1 .417 5 4 1 .550
1969 SEC Bill Pace 2 3 0 .400 4 6 0 .400
1970 SEC Bill Pace 1 5 0 .167 4 7 0 .364
1971 SEC Bill Pace 1 5 0 .167 4 6 1 .409
1972 SEC Bill Pace 1 5 0 .167 3 8 0 .273
1973 SEC Steve Sloan 1 5 0 .167 5 6 0 .455
1974 SEC Steve Sloan 2 3 1 .417 7 3 2 .667 Tied Texas Tech 6-6 in Peach Bowl
1975 SEC Fred Pancoast 2 4 0 .333 7 4 0 .636
1976 SEC Fred Pancoast 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1977 SEC Fred Pancoast 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1978 SEC Fred Pancoast 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1979 SEC George MacIntyre 0 6 0 .000 1 10 0 .091
1980 SEC George MacIntyre 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1981 SEC George MacIntyre 1 5 0 .167 4 7 0 .364
1982 SEC George MacIntyre 4 2 0 .667 8 4 0 .667 Lost to Air Force 28-36 in Hall of Fame Bowl
1983 SEC George MacIntyre 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1984 SEC George MacIntyre 2 4 0 .333 5 6 0 .455
1985 SEC George MacIntyre 1 4 1 .250 3 7 1 .318
1986 SEC Watson Brown 0 6 0 .000 1 10 0 .091
1987 SEC Watson Brown 1 5 0 .167 4 7 0 .364
1988 SEC Watson Brown 2 5 0 .286 3 8 0 .273
1989 SEC Watson Brown 0 7 0 .000 1 10 0 .091
1990 SEC Watson Brown 1 6 0 .143 1 10 0 .091
1991 SEC Gerry DiNardo 3 4 0 .429 5 6 0 .455
1992 SEC Gerry DiNardo 2 6 0 .250 4 7 0 .364
1993 SEC Gerry DiNardo 2 6 0 .250 5 6 0 .455
1994 SEC Gerry DiNardo 2 6 0 .250 5 6 0 .455
1995 SEC Rod Dowhower 1 7 0 .125 2 9 0 .182
1996 SEC Rod Dowhower 0 8 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1997 SEC Woody Widenhofer 0 8 0 .000 3 8 0 .273
1998 SEC Woody Widenhofer 1 7 0 .125 2 9 0 .182
1999 SEC Woody Widenhofer 2 6 0 .250 5 6 0 .455
2000 SEC Woody Widenhofer 1 7 0 .125 3 8 0 .272
2001 SEC Woody Widenhofer 0 8 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
2002 SEC Bobby Johnson 0 8 0 .000 2 10 0 .167
2003 SEC Bobby Johnson 1 7 0 .125 2 10 0 .167
2004 SEC Bobby Johnson 1 7 0 .125 2 9 0 .182
2005 SEC Bobby Johnson 3 5 0 .375 5 6 0 .455
2006 SEC Bobby Johnson 1 7 0 .125 4 8 0 .333
2007 SEC Bobby Johnson 2 6 0 .250 5 7 0 .417
2008 SEC Bobby Johnson 4 4 0 .500 7 6 0 .539 Defeated Boston College 16-14 in Music City Bowl
2009 SEC Bobby Johnson 0 8 0 .000 2 10 0 .167
2010 SEC Robbie Caldwell 1 7 0 .125 2 10 0 .166
2011 SEC James Franklin 2 6 0 .250 6 7 0 .462 Lost to Cincinnati 24-31 in Liberty Bowl
2012 SEC James Franklin 5 3 0 .625 9 4 0 .692 Defeated NC State 38-24 in Music City Bowl #20 C/# 23 AP
2013 SEC James Franklin 4 4 0 .500 9 4 0 .692 Defeated Houston 41-24 BBVA Compass Bowl #23 C/# 24 AP
2014 SEC Derek Mason 0 8 0 .000 3 9 0 .250
2015 SEC Derek Mason 2 6 0 .250 4 8 0 .333
2016 SEC Derek Mason 3 5 0 .375 6 7 0 .462 Lost to NC State in Independence Bowl 17-41
2017 SEC Derek Mason 0 0 0 - 3 0 0 1.000
1890 2017 Totals 285 444 32 .396 597 606 50 .496 14 Conference Championships
1932 2017 SEC 142 407 19 .267 345 530 29 .398 7 Bowl Appearances
1922 1931 SoCon 42 17 5 .695 75 21 7 .762 2 SoCon Championships
1890 1921 SIAA 107 26 10 .783 183 56 16 .749 12 SIAA Championships
1890 1953 NA 198 104 21 .646 364 157 33 .687
1954 2017 SEC 87 340 11 .211 233 449 17 .173

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Bowl games

Vanderbilt has a record of 4-3-1 in bowl games.

Win Loss Tie
Result Date PF Opponent PA Bowl
W December 31, 1955 25 Auburn 13 Gator Bowl
T December 28, 1974 6 Texas Tech 6 Peach Bowl
L December 31, 1982 28 Air Force 36 Hall of Fame Bowl
W December 31, 2008 16 Boston College 14 Music City Bowl
L December 31, 2011 24 Cincinnati 31 Liberty Bowl
W December 31, 2012 38 NC State 24 Music City Bowl
W January 4, 2014 41 Houston 24 BBVA Compass Bowl
L December 26, 2016 17 NC State 41 Independence Bowl

Conference championships

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1897+ SIAA R. G. Acton 6-0-1 3-0-1
1901 SIAA W. H. Watkins 6-1-1 6-0-1
1903+ SIAA James H. Henry 6-1-1 5-1-1
1904 SIAA Dan McGugin 9-0 5-0
1905 SIAA Dan McGugin 7-1 6-0
1906 SIAA Dan McGugin 8-1 6-0
1907 SIAA Dan McGugin 5-1-1 4-0
1910 SIAA Dan McGugin 8-0-1 5-0
1911 SIAA Dan McGugin 8-1 6-0
1912 SIAA Dan McGugin 8-1-1 4-0-1
1915 SIAA Dan McGugin 9-1 5-0
1921+ SIAA Dan McGugin 7-0-1 4-0-1
1922+ Southern Dan McGugin 8-0-1 3-0
1923+ Southern Dan McGugin 5-2-1 3-0-1
Conference Championships 14
+ Denotes co-champions

National championship selections

Season Coach Selector Record
1921 Dan McGugin Berryman 7-0-1
1922 Dan McGugin Berryman 8-0-1
National championship selections 2
Berryman is considered a 'major selector' in the NCAA Division I FBS Record Book.

Vanderbilt series records - Vs. Current D1 Teams

SEC Opponents in bold

Team Games Wins Loss Tie Win% PFPG PAPG Last Meeting
Air Force 5 2 3 0 .400 32.0 27.4 1982 L 28--36
Alabama 83 18 61 4 .241 12.1 23.6 2011 L 0--34
Arkansas 9 2 7 0 .222 15.4 30.0 2011 L 28--31
Army 9 5 4 0 .556 .266 18.9 2011 W 44--21
Auburn 42 21 20 1 .512 17.2 17.4 2012 W 17--13
Baylor 2 0 2 0 .000 12.5 36.0 1954 L 19--25
Boston College 3 1 2 0 .333 14.7 20.0 2008 W 16--14
Cincinnati 8 4 4 0 .500 15.9 15.0 2011 L 24--31
Clemson 4 3 1 0 .750 27.8 8.0 1960 W 22--20
Connecticut 3 2 1 0 .667 24.3 28.3 2011 W 24--21
Duke 11 7 4 0 .636 28.4 22.2 2008 L 7--10
Eastern Michigan 2 2 0 0 1.000 41.0 6.5 2010 W 52--10
Florida 49 10 37 2 .224 14.2 26.5 2015 L 7--9
Georgia 77 20 55 2 .260 14.0 24.0 2016 W 17--16
Georgia Tech 38 15 20 3 .446 11.2 16.6 2016 L 7--38
Houston 2 1 1 0 .500 20.5 29.0 2015 L 0--34
Indiana 2 0 2 0 .000 6.5 32.0 1979 L 13--44
Iowa St 2 1 1 0 .500 23.0 23.0 1985 L 17--20
Kansas 2 1 1 0 .500 28.5 24.0 1985 L 16--42
Kansas St 2 2 0 0 1.000 26.0 14.0 2017 W 14-7
Kentucky 89 42 43 4 .495 17.0 15.6 2016 L 13--20
LSU 30 7 22 1 .250 10.8 19.6 2010 L 3--27
Louisiana Tech 1 1 0 0 1.000 29.0 6.0 1995 W 29--6
Louisville 3 2 0 1 .833 37.3 0.0 1974 W 44--0
Marshall 2 2 0 0 1.000 41.5 3.0 1949 W 27--6
Maryland 12 8 4 0 .667 22.8 16.8 1987 W 34--24
Massachusetts 3 3 0 0 1.000 35.7 15.0 2014 W 34--31
Memphis 12 7 5 0 .583 17.3 15.5 1989 L 10--13
Miami FL 8 4 4 0 .500 20.9 20.4 1981 L 16--48
Miami OH 4 3 1 0 .750 25.0 14.8 2008 W 34--13
Michigan 11 0 10 1 .045 4.0 17.9 2006 L 7--27
Middle Tennessee St 18 15 3 0 .813 34.2 7.6 2017 W 28--6
Minnesota 4 2 2 0 .500 15.3 10.5 1959 L 6--20
Mississippi 91 39 50 2 .433 17.9 19.1 2016 W 38--17
Mississippi St 22 7 13 2 .364 14.8 21.6 2014 L 0--51
Missouri 9 3 5 1 .438 12.0 18.8 2016 L 16-27
Navy 7 2 3 2 .429 25.1 21.6 2004 L 26--29
North Carolina 13 5 8 0 .385 13.8 16.2 1982 L 10--34
North Carolina St 2 2 0 0 1.000 22.5 12.0 20012 W 38--24
North Texas 2 2 0 0 1.000 24.0 9.5 1997 W 29--12
Northern Illinois 3 3 0 0 1.000 22.7 18.0 1999 W 34--31
Northwestern 4 1 2 1 .375 14.3 16.5 2012 L 13--23
Notre Dame 2 0 2 0 .000 3.5 27.5 1996 L 7--14
Ohio 1 1 0 0 1.000 54.0 10.0 1989 W 54--10
Ohio St 4 1 3 0 .250 8.0 15.8 1933 L 0--20
Oklahoma 3 0 2 1 .167 8.7 16.3 1977 L 23--25
Old Dominion 1 1 0 0 1.000 42.0 28.0 2014 W 42--28
Penn St 1 1 0 0 1.000 32.0 20.0 1957 W 32--20
Purdue 2 2 0 0 1.000 14.5 0.0 1942 W 26--0
Rice 5 4 1 0 .800 21.8 18.0 2009 W 36--17
Rutgers 3 2 1 0 .667 30.7 26.7 2004 L 34--37
SMU 4 2 2 0 .500 6.8 17.8 1991 W 14--11
South Carolina 26 4 22 0 .160 13.6 26.0 2016 L 10--13
Syracuse 2 0 2 0 .000 12.0 43.0 1991 L 10--37
TCU 4 1 3 0 .250 18.3 20.3 2003 L 14--30
Temple 3 1 2 0 .333 17.7 19.0 2014 7--37
Tennessee 111 31 75 5 .297 13.9 20.9 2016 W 45--34
Texas 12 8 3 1 .708 14.1 7.0 1928 W 13--12
Texas A&M 2 0 2 0 .000 12.0 40.5 2015 L 0--25
Texas Tech 1 0 0 1 .500 6.0 6.0 1974 T 6--6
Tulane 48 17 28 3 .385 13.6 17.8 1989 L 13--37
UCLA 1 0 1 0 .000 21.0 28.0 1961 L 21--28
Virginia 20 12 6 2 .650 16.9 12.6 1975 W 17--14
Virginia Tech 9 3 6 0 .333 18.9 17.8 1989 L 0--18
Wake Forest 16 10 6 0 .625 20.9 20.4 2013 W 23--21
West Virginia 2 1 1 0 .500 8.0 16.0 1962 L 0--26
Western Kentucky 4 3 1 0 .750 25.5 3.5 2016 W (OT) 31--30
Western Michigan 1 0 1 0 .000 24.0 27.0 1998 L 24--27

All-time record vs. SEC teams

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Last
Alabama 19 59 4 .256 Lost 11 1903 2017
Arkansas 2 7 0 .222 Lost 3 1949 2011
Auburn 21 21 1 .500 Lost 1 1893 2016
Florida 10 38 2 .220 Lost 3 1945 2016
Georgia 20 56 2 .269 Won 1 1893 2016
Kentucky 42 43 4 .494 Lost 1 1896 2016
LSU 7 22 1 .250 Lost 7 1902 2010
Ole Miss 39 50 2 .440 Won 1 1894 2016
Mississippi State 7 13 2 .364 Lost 3 1904 2014
Missouri 3 5 1 .389 Lost 1 1895 2016
South Carolina 4 22 0 .154 Lost 8 1961 2016
Tennessee 30 75 5 .289 Won 1 1892 2016
Texas A&M 0 2 0 .000 Lost 2 2013 2015
Totals 204 413 24 .337

Individual awards

College Football Hall of Fame

Vanderbilt Commodore football personnel have been inducted into the National Football Foundation's National College Football Hall of Fame.[18]

Players

Name Position Years at VU
John J. Tigert Halfback 1901-1903
Josh Cody Tackle 1914-1916, 1919
Lynn Bomar End 1921-1924
William Spears Quarterback 1925-1927
Carl Hinkle Center 1935-1937

Coaches

Name Years at VU
Dan McGugin 1904-1917, 1919-1934
Ray Morrison 1918, 1935-1939
Jess Neely 1920-1922
Red Sanders 1940-1942, 1946-1948
Bill Edwards 1949-1952

Jess Neely never coached at Vanderbilt.

All-Americans

Player Year Pos
Zach Cunningham 2016 LB
Jordan Matthews 2013 WR
Casey Hayward 2011 CB
D.J. Moore 2008 DB
Earl Bennett 2006 WR
Jamie Winborn 1999 LB
Jamie Duncan 1997 LB
Bill Marinangel 1996 P
Boo Mitchell 1988 WR
Chris Gaines 1987 LB
Ricky Anderson 1984 P
Leonard Coleman 1983 DB
Chuck Scott 1983 TE
Jim Arnold 1982 P
Allama Matthews 1982 TE
Preston Brown 1979 Back
Barry Burton 1974 TE
Bob Asher 1969 T
Chip Healy 1968 LB
George Diedrich 1958 G
Charley Horton 1955 RB
Bill Wade 1951 QB
Bob Werckle 1951 T
Bucky Curtis 1950 Receiver
Bob Gude 1941 C
Carl Hinkle 1937 C
Pete Gracey 1932 C
Bull Brown 1929 G
Dick Abernathy 1928 End
Bill Spears 1926, 1927 QB
Gil Reese 1923, 1924 Back
Henry Wakefield 1923, 1924 End
Oliver Kuhn 1922 QB
Lynn Bomar 1922, 1923 End
Josh Cody 1914, 1915, 1919 T
Irby Curry 1916 QB
Lewie Hardage 1912 Back
Ray Morrison 1911 QB
W. E. Metzger 1910 G
Bob Blake 1907 E
Owsley Manier 1906 Back


Consensus All-American

Player Year Pos
Zach Cunningham 2016 LB
Ricky Anderson 1984 P
Jim Arnold 1982 P
George Deiderich 1958 G
Pete Gracey 1932 C
Hek Wakefield 1924 E
Lynn Bomar 1923 E


2016 Zach Cunningham became the first unanimous All-American in Vanderbilt football history [19]

All-Southerns

Captains

Year Captain
1890-1892 Elliott Jones
1893-1894 W. J. Keller
1895-1896 Phil Connell
1897 Howard Boogher
1898 Joe Goodson
1899 Walter H. Simmons
1900 John F. H. Barbee
1901 John Edgerton
1902 H. W. Davis
1903 Frank Kyle
1904 Irish Graham
1905 Innis Brown
1906 Dan Blake
1907 Bob Blake
1908 Vaughn Blake
1909 H. H. Williams
1910 Bill Neely
1911 Ray Morrison
1912 Lew Hardage
1913 Enoch Brown
1914 Ammie Sikes
1915 Russ Cohen
1916 Irby Curry
1917 Alfred T. Adams
1918 Herman Daves
1919 Josh Cody
1920 Johnny "Red" Floyd
1921 Pink Wade
1922 Jess Neely
1923 Doc Kuhn
1924 Tuck Kelly
1925 Gil Reese
1926 Neil Cargile
1927 Vernon Sharpe
1928 Jimmy Armistead
1929 Bull Brown
1930 Joe Scheffer
1931 Amos Leonard
1932 Chosen by game
1933 Chosen By Game
1934 Eugene Beck
1935 Charles W. Geny
1936 Dick Plasman
1937 Carl Hinkle
1938 Marvin. A. Franklin
1939 Raymond Andrus
1940 John Ellis
1941 Joe Atkinson
1942 Fred Holder
1943 James & Bob Hamilton
1944 Lee Austin & Dick Bostick
1945 Dick Bostick & James Hamilton
1946 Alf Satterfield
1947 John North & Tex Robertson
1948 John Clark
1949 Carl Copp
1950 Russ Faulkinberry
1951 Bob Werckle
1952 John Cheadle & Don Wade
1953 Larry Stone
1954 Pete Williams & John Hall
1955 Larry Frank & Jim Cunningham
1956 Don Orr & Art Demmas
1957 Bob Laws & Phil King
1958 Billy Grover
1959 No permanent captain
1960 Fred Riggs
1961 Cody Brinkley & Ed Creagh
1962 Jule Crocker & Mike Reese
1963 Sam Sullins
1964 Dave Malone, Bill Juday, & Wilford Fuqua
1965 Lane Wolbe
1966 Dave Maddux & Jim Thomas
1967 Bob Goodridge & Sid Ransom
1968 Mike Giltner & Rex Raines
1969 Bob Asher & Bill McDonald
1970 Steve Fritz, Mal Wall, & John Robinson
1971 John Carney & John Drake
1972 Jim Avery, Joe Cook, & Ken Stone
1973 Mark Ilgenfritz & Bo Patton
1974 David Lee
1975 Lonnie Sadler & Tom Galbierz
1976 Tom Ballman & David Hale
1977 Ed Parrish, Mike Birdsong, Reggie Calvin, & Mitch Lilly
1978 Randy Sittason & John Wooten
1979 Mike Ralston, Preston Brown, & Ronnie Myrick
1980 Phil Swindoll, Keith Phillips, & Rodney Gurley
1981 Rodney Gurley, Ken Hammond, & Andrew Coleman
1982 Whit Taylor, Allama Matthews, & Joe Staley
1983 Tom Moore, Steve Bearden, & Phil Roach
1984 Rob Monaco, Steve McCoy, Chuck Scott, & Manuel Young
1985 Steve Wade, Kermit Sykes, & Will Wolford
1986 Thanh Anderson, Mark Wracher, Mark Woehler, & Carl Woods
1987 Chris Gaines, Everett Crawford, Daryl Holt, & Carl Parker
1988 Eric Jones, Brent Turner, Joe Gentry, & Mike Johnson
1989 John Gromos, DeMond Winston, Andy McCarroll, & Greg Smith
1990 No permanent captains.
1991 Bobby Craycraft & Rod Keith
1992 Marcus Wilson & Marcus Young
1993 Gerald Collins, Tony Jackson, & Eric Dahlberg
1994 Gerald Collins & Eric Lewis
1995 No permanent captains.
1996 No permanent captains.
1997 Jamie Duncan, Corey Chavous, Jay Stallworth, Damian Allen, & John Bradley
1998 Rahim Batten, Clay Condrey, Jared McGrath, & Fred Vinson
1999 Jeff Barnett, Ainsley Battles, Lamont Turner, & Todd Yoder
2000 Ryan Aulds, Elliott Carson, John Markham; & Matt Stewart
2001 Jamie Byrum, Antuian Bradford, Nate Morrow, & Dan Stricker
2002 Jamie Byrum, Rushen Jones, & Dan Stricker
2003 Jay Cutler, Justin Geisinger, & Jovan Haye
2004 Jay Cutler, Justin Geisinger, Jovan Haye, & Chris Young
2005 Jay Cutler & Moses Osemwegie
2006 Brian Stamper & Jonathan Goff
2007 Jonathan Goff, Chris Williams, & Theo Horrocks
2008 Reshard Langford, Bradley Vierling, & George Smith
2009 Patrick Benoist, Ryan Hamilton, & Bradley Vierling
2010 Joey Bailey, T. J. Greenstone, Adam Smotherman, & Chris Marve
2011 Kyle Fischer, Casey Hayward, Chris Marve, Larry Smith, & Carey Spear
2012 Jordan Rodgers, Walker May, Archibald Barnes, Zac Stacy, Johnell Thomas, Javon Marshall, Wesley Johnson, & Carey Spear
2013 Austyn Carta-Samuels, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Matthews, Walker May, Chase Garnham, Andre Hal, Javon Marshall, Carey Spear, & Andrew East

Conference recognition

Vanderbilt Commodores personnel, including coaches and players, have received recognition from the Southeastern Conference for their performances on the football field.[18]

Most valuable player

Name Year
Bob Goodridge 1967
Bill Wade 1951
Jack Jenkins 1941
Carl Hinkle 1937
Willie Geny 1935

Offensive player of the year

Name Year
Jay Cutler 2005

Freshman of the year

Name Year
Kwane Doster 2002
Warren Norman 2009

Best blocker

Name Year
Jack Jenkins 1941, 1942

Best wide receiver

Name Year
Earl Bennett 2005-2007

Coach of the year

Name Year
Bobby Johnson 2008
George MacIntyre 1982
Art Guepe 1955
Red Sanders 1941
Ray Morrison 1937

Commodores currently in the NFL

Player Seasons at VU NFL Team
Jay Cutler 2001-2005 Miami Dolphins
Casey Hayward 2008-2011 Los Angeles Chargers
Wesley Johnson 2009-2013 New York Jets
Jordan Matthews 2010-2013 Buffalo Bills
Andre Hal 2010-2013 Houston Texans
Stephen Weatherly 2012-2016 Minnesota Vikings
Will Holden 2012-2016 Arizona Cardinals
Zach Cunningham 2013-2016 Houston Texans

Future opponents

Announced schedules as of January 12, 2016

Non-division opponents

Vanderbilt plays Ole Miss as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the West division among the other six schools.[20]

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
at Ole Miss vs Ole Miss at Ole Miss vs Ole Miss at Ole Miss vs Ole Miss at Ole Miss vs Ole Miss at Ole Miss
vs Alabama at Arkansas vs LSU at Texas A&M vs Mississippi State at Alabama vs Auburn at LSU vs Arkansas

Non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of March 3, 2017
Note: all the games subject to change.

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
at Middle Tennessee vs Middle Tennessee vs Northern Illinois at Kansas State vs Houston at Northern Illinois at Wake Forest at Stanford vs Stanford at Colorado State at Stanford at NC State vs Purdue
vs WKU vs Tennessee State vs Purdue vs Mercer vs Stanford vs Wake Forest vs Hawaii at Georgia State vs Georgia State vs NC State
vs Kansas State at Notre Dame vs East Tennessee State vs Colorado State vs East Tennessee State at Hawaii vs Colorado State
vs Alabama A&M at Colorado State

[21]

References

  1. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2011/Awards.pdf
  2. ^ "Athletics Colors | Athletics | Vanderbilt University". Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ "Hall of Famers: Dan McGugin". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2011. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Hall of Famers: Ray Morrison". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2011. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers: Red Sanders". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2011. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Hall of Famers: Bill Edwards". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012. Retrieved 2011. 
  7. ^ "mcubed.net : NCAAF Football : Series records : Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt". mcubed.net. 
  8. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/vand/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/2012-fb-154-160-media2.pdf
  9. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Georgia vs Vanderbilt Archived 2014-07-20 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "mcubed.net : NCAAF Football : Series records : Mississippi vs. Vanderbilt". mcubed.net. 
  11. ^ "mcubed.net : NCAAF Football : Series records : Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt". mcubed.net. 
  12. ^ "Kentucky Vanderbilt series". Retrieved 2017. 
  13. ^ William L. Traughber. "CHC- Sewanee Was Vandy's First Rival". 
  14. ^ cf. William L. Traughber. Vanderbilt Football: Tales of Commodore Gridiron History. p. 26. 
  15. ^ Source: Vanderbilt 2011 Football Media Guide and media reports (for 2011 records)
  16. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/vand/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2013-14/misc_non_event/2013_FB_Factbook_History.pdf
  17. ^ "Vanderbilt Official Athletic Site - Football". vucommodores.com. 
  18. ^ a b According to the Vanderbilt 2006 Football Media Guide.
  19. ^ "SEC Consensus All-Americans by the Numbers: Alabama has half the league's 2016 haul". 
  20. ^ "SEC Future Football Schedule Rotation Announced". fbschedules.com. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ "Vanderbilt Commodores Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved . 

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