What You Need To Know About The Vanderbilt Offense
– It’s not like Vanderbilt hasn’t had decent offensive players, but the program just doesn’t score points. The last time it came up with more than 300 points in a season? 2013, and that’s when it went 9-4.
Seven starters are back with the infrastructure to be far better after scoring just 24.6 points and amassing 351 yards per game. The offensive line went through a few growing pains, but gets back all five starters led around a rock of a veteran in C Bruno Reagan. The blocking will be there, now the skill guys have to do their part.
– Kyle Shurmur only seems like he’s going into his 11th year as the Commodore quarterback. The passing game wasn’t all that bad averaging 244 yards per game, but they have to lead to more points. Kalija Lipscomb and TE Jared Pinkney are excellent targets to work around, but it’ll take a few unproven players to rise up – like the speedy 6-3 James Bostic – to equal last year’s school-record 27 passes.
– It’s asking way too much to replace the veteran presence and production of Ralph Webb, and there has to be more of a commitment to the run. The Commodores couldn’t grind out the ball on a regular basis, coming up with just 1,286 yards and 14 scores. This year, Illinois transfer Ke’Shawn Vaughn needs to be the physical presence who can balance out the attack a bit – he will be.
Biggest Key To The Vanderbilt Offense
The ground game has to be a factor again. Shurmur is just good enough to bomb his way to get the offense moving, and running for 2,135 yards didn’t matter all that much to the bottom line two years ago, but the Commodores came up with almost 900 fewer yards on the ground.
3-1 when running for 170 yards or more last season – and 7-1 over the last two years when they hit that mark – far too often the ground game went absolutely nowhere, averaging under three yards per carry six times. It shouldn’t be asking for the world to average four yards pre carry.