1999 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

The 1999 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University in the 1999 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team played their home games at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.

1999 Vanderbilt Commodores football
Vanderbilt Commodores logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
1999 record5–6 (2–6 SEC)
Head coachWoody Widenhofer (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorSteve Crosby (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorDino Folino (1st season)
Captain
Home stadiumVanderbilt Stadium
(Capacity: 41,600)
Seasons
← 1998
2000 →
1999 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 12 Florida x   7 1         9 4  
No. 9 Tennessee   6 2         9 3  
No. 16 Georgia   5 3         8 4  
Kentucky   4 4         6 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6         5 6  
South Carolina   0 8         0 11  
Western Division
No. 8 Alabama x$   7 1         10 3  
No. 13 Mississippi State   6 2         10 2  
No. 22 Ole Miss   4 4         8 4  
No. 17 Arkansas   4 4         8 4  
Auburn   2 6         5 6  
LSU   1 7         3 8  
Championship: Alabama 34, Florida 7
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 411:30 a.m.No. 20 AlabamaJPSL 17–2841,600
September 113:00 p.m.Northern Illinois*
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
WSMVW 34–3128,514
September 1811:30 a.m.at Ole MissJPSW 37–34 OT41,622
September 256:00 p.m.at Duke*W 31–1420,483
October 21:00 p.m.No. 16 Mississippi State
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
L 14–4237,120
October 91:00 p.m.The Citadel*
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
W 58–017,844
October 161:00 p.m.No. 14 Georgia
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN (rivalry)
L 17–2739,210
October 236:00 p.m.at South CarolinaW 11–1074,806
November 62:30 p.m.at No. 5 FloridaCBSL 6–1385,117
November 138:00 p.m.Kentucky
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN (rivalry)
ESPN2L 17–1941,000
November 2711:00 a.m.at No. 7 TennesseeCBSL 10–38105,781
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Previous seasonEdit

Vanderbilt came into the 1998 season unranked and had a streak of 14 losing seasons. 1998 was no better as Vanderbilt finished the season with a 2–9 record, 1–7 in the SEC. The season began with a 42–0 loss at Mississippi State. The next week fared no better for the Commodores as they were beaten by Alabama, 32–7. In week three, Vanderbilt had its home opener, but to no avail, as the Commodores fell to Ole Miss, 30–6, and in week four, Vanderbilt lost to TCU, 19–16 in overtime.

The next game for the Commodores was a loss to Western Michigan at home, 27–23. Vanderbilt put themselves out of bowl contention with a 31–6 loss to Georgia. The week following, Vanderbilt got their first win, a 17–14 win over South Carolina. The next game also ended with a Vandy victory, a 36–33 overtime win over Duke. Victory was short lived, however, as the Dores lost their final three games. A 45–13 loss to Florida started the gloomy November, followed by a loss 55–17 to Kentucky, and a 41–0 loss to instate rival Tennessee.

RosterEdit

1999 Vanderbilt Commodores football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 2 Rodney Williams   So
WR 3 Billy Miller Sr
HB 4 Lew Thomas So
WR 6 Adam Ditto   So
WR 7 Tavarus Hogans Sr
QB 8 Benji Walker Fr
WR 9 Jimmy Williams Jr
WR 10 Anthony Jones So
QB 12 Greg Zolman   So
QB 13 Duce Reeder   Jr
QB 15 Sean O'Connor   Fr
WR 16 Zach Winkler Sr
QB 17 David Wallace So
QB 18 Justin Purkey   Fr
WR 21 Bo Lancaster   Jr
WR 24 MJ Garrett Fr
HB, WR 25 Everett Robinson Sr
RB 29 Chris Mitacek Fr
RB 30 Jonathan Shaub Fr
WR 31 Ryan Cuffee Fr
RB 33 Jared McGrath Jr
FB 34 Juan Rojas So
WR 35 Jake Mason Fr
WR 36 Jason Shields So
WR 37 Ethan McDaniel So
TE 38 Wes Gunter Fr
WR 46 Shane Daly   So
RB 47 Andrew Kerr Sr
C 50 Jeff Barnett Sr
C 55 Jamie Byrum   Fr
OL 58 Jason Tant Fr
OT 60 Pat Green Jr
OL 61 Duncan Cave So
OG 62 Dustin Wuest   Sr
OT 64 Brian Gruber   Jr
OL 65 Jordan Hill   Fr
OG 69 Matt Hill   Jr
OT 70 Raminté Byndom Sr
OG 71 Bara Cola So
OL 72 Jim May Fr
OL 74 Jordan Pettit Fr
OT 75 JP Fougerousse   So
OG 77 Darren Rothenberg   Jr
OG 78 Michael Saltsman   Jr
OL 79 Brent Preacher   Fr
TE 80 Elliot Carson   Jr
HB 81 Todd Yoder Sr
WR 82 Nezih Hasanoglu So
TE 83 Nick Getter Fr
TE 84 Tom Simone   Fr
WR 85 Dan Stricker   Fr
WR 86 Andre Woods   Jr
WR 88 Markessus House Fr
WR 89 Tyson Radtke So
TE 90 Jaron Stern So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 5 Aaron McWherter   Fr
CB 9 Jimmy Williams Jr
DB 11 Rushen Jones   Fr
S 14 Brooks Collins   Jr
DB 14 Mike Martin Fr
S 22 Ainsley Battles Sr
CB 23 Harold Lercius   So
LB 26 Matt Stewart Jr
DB 27 Jerrol Jackson   Fr
DB 28 Brian Taylor   So
DB 31 Ryan Cuffee Fr
DB 32 Justin Giboney Fr
LB 39 David Meadows So
LB 40 Nate Morrow   So
LB 41 Antuian Bradford So
LB 42 Justin Winborn   So
LB 43 Brandon Walthour   Fr
LB 44 Lamont Turner Sr
LB 45 Diek VanNort Sr
LB 48 AJ McGrew   Jr
S 49 Steve Rock Jr
DL 51 Joe Doyle   Fr
DL 52 Ryan McSwain Jr
LB 53 Mike Adam Fr
DE 54 Chuck Losey So
DE 56 Ryan Nungesser   Fr
DL 57 William Lowery   Jr
LB 59 Hunter Hillenmeyer Fr
DL 63 Libnir Telusca Fr
LB 67 Aaron Lara Jr
DE 73 Russ Nicoll   Jr
LB 76 Andrew Gardella Fr
FS 87 Thomas Gallant Sr
DL 92 Brett Beard Fr
DE 93 Doyle Crosby   So
DL 95 Steve Trese   So
DL 96 Nick Sterling   Fr
DT 97 Tyler Unzicker   So
DT 98 Ryan Aulds   Jr
LB 99 Reggie Washington   So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 19 John Markham Jr
P 46 Shane Daly   So
P 91 Joe Webb Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

ReferencesEdit