2019 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

The 2019 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Commodores played their home games at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, and competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by sixth-year head coach Derek Mason.

2019 Vanderbilt Commodores football
Vanderbilt Commodores logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2019 record3–9 (1–7 SEC)
Head coachDerek Mason (6th season)
Offensive coordinatorGerry Gdowski (1st as OC, 6th overall season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorJason Tarver (2nd season)
Home stadiumVanderbilt Stadium
(Capacity: 40,550)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 4 Georgia x   7 1         12 2  
No. 6 Florida   6 2         11 2  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         8 5  
Missouri *   3 5         6 6  
South Carolina   3 5         4 8  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 1 LSU x$^   8 0         15 0  
No. 8 Alabama   6 2         11 2  
No. 14 Auburn   5 3         9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         4 8  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 37, Georgia 10
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * – ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Commodores finished the 2018 season 6–7, 3–5 in SEC play to finish in sixth place in the Eastern Division. They went to the Texas Bowl and lost 38-45 to Baylor. On January 11, 2019, Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig was hired to take the same position at Utah, leaving the position vacant.[1] On January 31, 2019, Vanderbilt special teams coach Shawn Mennenga left to take the same position for the Green Bay Packers, leaving the position vacant.[2] On February 8, 2019, Gerry Gdowski, Vanderbilt's quarterbacks coach, was promoted to fill the offensive coordinator vacancy.[3]

RecruitingEdit

Position keyEdit

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

RecruitsEdit

PreseasonEdit

SEC media pollEdit

The 2019 SEC Media Days were held July 15–18 in Birmingham, Alabama. In the preseason media poll, Vanderbilt was projected to finish in last in the East Division.[4]

Media poll (East Division)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Georgia 1789 (233)
2 Florida 1499 (21)
3 Missouri 1149 (3)
4 South Carolina 883 (1)
5 Tennessee 804 (1)
6 Kentucky 798 (1)
7 Vanderbilt 358

Preseason All-SEC teamsEdit

The Commodores had three players selected to the preseason all-SEC teams.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 316:30 p.m.No. 3 GeorgiaESPNL 6–3040,350
September 711:00 a.m.at Purdue*BTNL 24–4250,506
September 2111:00 a.m.No. 4 LSU
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
SECNL 38–6632,048
September 2811:00 a.m.Northern Illinois*
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
SECNW 24–1824,519
October 56:30 p.m.at Ole MissSECNL 6–3147,601
October 123:00 p.m.UNLV*
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
SECNL 10–3420,048
October 193:00 p.m.No. 22 Missouri 
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
SECNW 21–1423,900
November 26:30 p.m.at South CarolinaSECNL 7–2471,945
November 911:00 a.m.at No. 10 FloridaESPNL 0–5686,201
November 162:30 p.m.Kentucky
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN (rivalry)
SECNL 14–3823,288
November 232:30 p.m.East Tennessee State*
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
SECN Alt.W 38–019,863
November 303:00 p.m.at TennesseeSECNL 10–2887,367
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[5]

Game summariesEdit

GeorgiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Bulldogs 14 7 3 6 30
Commodores 0 6 0 0 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–57–2 Oct. 6, 2018 L, 13–41

at PurdueEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 7 3 0 14 24
Boilermakers 7 7 14 14 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 Oct. 3, 1942 W, 26–0

LSUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Tigers 28 10 21 7 66
Commodores 7 10 14 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–22–1 Sep. 11, 2010 L, 3–27

Northern IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 0 10 8 18
Commodores 14 0 7 3 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 Sep. 11, 1999 W, 34–31

at Ole MissEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 0 6 0 0 6
Rebels 10 0 14 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–51–2 Nov. 17, 2018 W, 36–29

UNLVEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 7 17 0 10 34
Commodores 7 3 0 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

MissouriEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 22 Tigers 0 7 7 0 14
Commodores 0 14 0 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–7–1 Nov. 10, 2018 L, 28–33

at South CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 7 0 0 0 7
Gamecocks 0 14 0 10 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–24 Sept. 22, 2018 L, 14–37

at FloridaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 0 0 0 0 0
No. 10 Gators 0 14 28 14 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–40–2 Oct. 13, 2018 L, 27–37

KentuckyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 21 14 0 38
Commodores 14 0 0 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
42–45–4 Oct. 20, 2018 L, 7–14

East Tennessee StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 0 0 0 0
Commodores 7 7 17 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 3 0 0 7 10
Volunteers 7 14 0 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
33–75–5 Nov. 24, 2018 W, 38–13

Players drafted into the NFLEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
3 76 Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vanderbilt football offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig leaves for Utah". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  2. ^ "Reports: Matt LaFleur hires Vanderbilt's Shawn Mennenga for Green Bay Packers staff". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  3. ^ "Report: Gdowski to be promoted to OC". Vandy247. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  4. ^ "Media predicts Alabama to win 2019 SEC Championship". SECSports.com. Southeastern Conference. July 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "Vanderbilt, SEC announce 2019 football schedule". Vanderbilt Athletics. Retrieved January 3, 2019.