VANDERBILT PASSING OFFENSE
UAB PASSING DEFENSE
REMARKS: Austyn Carta-Samuels has completed 60.7 percent of pass
attempts for 889 yards passing, with six touchdowns and four interceptions.
Jordan Matthews leads the Commodore offense averaging eight receptions per
game. The senior receiver is currently fourth in the country with 480 yards
receiving and three touchdowns.
Senior receiver Jonathan Krause had the first touchdown reception of his
career last week against Massachusetts. Krause had six receptions for a
team high 105 yards receiving. True freshman Jordan Cunningham is third on
the team with seven receptions for 67 yards receiving.
Senior running back Wesley Tate has five receptions for 58 yards receiving
and a score. Redshirt sophomore Steven Scheu has four receptions for 54
yards receiving and one touchdown. The Commodores are tied for 57th in the
country with Ole Miss averaging 240 passing yards per game.
True freshman Greg Maclin will get his second start of the season at free
safety for the Blazers. UAB is tied for 96th in the country, allowing
opponents 268.7 yards passing per game. Next to Maclin is strong safety
Calvin Jones who has started two games and tallied nine tackles.
Junior cornerback Jimmy Jean has the team's sole interception this season,
along with five tackles, and one pass defended. Opposite Jean is senior
cornerback Cortez Webb who has started one game this season tallying seven
tackles. Sophomore Lamarcus Farmer leads the secondary with 13 tackles,
including two for a loss, with a forced fumble.
VANDERBILT RUSHING OFFENSE
UAB RUSHING DEFENSE
REMARKS: The Commodore rushing attack will be manned by Wesley Tate and
redshirt sophomore Jerron Seymour. Tate leads the team with 46 carries for
191 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Seymour leads the running backs
averaging 5.1 yards per carry with four touchdowns.
Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels averages 15.8 yards rushing per
game and has three rushing scores this season. The Commodores average 145.5
rushing yards per game ranking 82nd in the nation.
Redshirt senior Wesley Johnson leads the Vanderbilt offensive line playing
in 98.7 percent of the team's snaps over the last three years. Johnson, an
All-SEC candidate has played in four offensive line positions as well as
Sophomore outside linebacker Jake Ganus leads the Blazers with 25 tackles,
including two for a loss, and a forced fumble. Ganus made ten starts as a
true freshman in 2012. Sophomore Destin Challenger has started all three
games for UAB at linebacker and is second on the team with 15 tackles, and
one quarterback hurry.
Senior defensive tackle Deric Scott leads the defensive line with 12
tackles, including one for a loss, a quarterback hurry, and a forced fumble.
Sophomore defensive end Chris Rabb has tallied 10 tackles, including one
for a loss. UAB ranks 66th in the country with opponents averaging 160
yards rushing per game. The Blazers held LSU to 152 yards rushing in their
second game of the season.
UAB PASSING OFFENSE
VANDERBILT PASSING DEFENSE
REMARKS: Sophomore quarterback Austin Brown leads the Blazers
completing 38 for 73 pass attempts for 596 yards passing, six touchdowns,
and one interception. Brown started seven of the final eight games of the
2012 season for UAB. The Blazer offense ranks 69th in the country averaging
229 yards passing per game.
Junior receiver Jamarcus Nelson leads the Blazer receiving corps with 16
receptions for 301 yards receiving and four touchdowns. True freshman
receiver Jamari Staples is no slouch averaging 18.9 yards per reception,
with nine catches and two touchdowns. Junior tight end Kennard Backman is
third on the team with eight receptions for 104 yards receiving and on
Senior cornerback Andre Hal is another Vanderbilt All-SEC candidate. Hal
has tallied 20 tackles, including 1½ for a loss, and a team high five passes
defended. Senior Steven Clarke mans the other cornerback position and has
the 'Dores lone interception returned 69 yards to set up a score against
Senior free safety Kenny Ladler leads the team with 30 tackles, including 20
solo stops, and one pass defended. Strong safety Javon Marshall is second
on the team with 26 tackles. The Commodore secondary ranks 56th in the
country allowing opponents 211.3 yards passing per game.
UAB RUSHING OFFENSE
VANDERBILT RUSHING DEFENSE
REMARKS: Junior running back Darrin Reaves leads the Blazers averaging
6.9 yards per carry with three touchdowns. Reaves averaged 10.5 yards per
rush last week in the Blazers 52-28 victory over Northwestern State, and
averages 122 yards rushing per game. True freshman Jordan Howard is second
on the team with 26 carries for 126 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Offensive tackle Kaycee Ike leads the offensive line with 15 consecutive
starts on the Blazers' offensive line. Senior center Billy Autrey is second
among the offensive line with six straight starts. The UAB rushing offense
that averages 170 yards rushing per game ranking 71st in the country.
With the exception of senior outside linebacker Karl Butler the Vanderbilt
linebacker corps is fairly young. Darreon Herring leads the group and is
third on the team with 25 tackles, a sack, and four passes defended.
Middle linebacker Jake Sealand is also a sophomore and ranking fifth on the
team with 19 tackles.
The Commodore rushing defense is tied for 60th in the country with MTSU
allowing opponents 152.5 rushing yards per game. Redshirt freshman
defensive tackle Adam Butler has been a pleasant surprise with 13 tackles,
including two for a loss, and a forced fumble.
Redshirt junior Kyle Woestmann leads the defensive line with 17 tackles,
including 2½ for a loss, and two sacks. Sophomore defensive end Caleb
Azubike is closely trailing behind with 14 tackles, including a team high
four for a loss, and two sacks.
REMARKS: Taylor Hudson ranks 12th in the nation averaging 45.31 yards
per punt. Hudson has five punts of 50 yards or more, including a season
long 75-yard punt. The redshirt sophomore has pinned opponents inside their
20-yard line in eight of his 16 punts this year.
Senior place kicker Carey Spear has made three of four field goal attempts
with a season long kick of 54 yards against South Carolina that had plenty
Senior receiver Jonathan Krause averages 6.1 yards per punt return after
returning a punt for a season long 18 yards against UMass last week.
True freshman Darrius Sims has handled kick returns for the 'Dores,
averaging 22.4 yards per return, with a season long return of 42 yards.
UAB place kicker Ty Long has hit three for six field goal attempts with a
season long of 50 yards in the opener against Troy.
Junior punter Hunter Mullins has a season long punt of 53 yards while
averaging 39.4 yards per punt. Mullins has pinned opponents inside their
20-yard line four times this season.
Junior receiver Jamarcus Nelson returned one kickoff for 97 yards and a
touchdown and averages 35.4 yards per return. Nelson handles punt return
duties for the Blazers and returned a punt 63 yards for a score last week.
REMARKS: The Commodores are 42 percent in third-down conversion
attempts this season but have made 86 percent of their fourth-down
conversion attempts. Vanderbilt is fairly balanced with 140 rushing
attempts to 115 passing attempts.
This is the first of a three game home series for the 'Dores that includes
Missouri, and a bye week before a visit from Georgia. Vanderbilt is looking
for its sixth straight regular season win against a non-Southeastern
The Blazers have converted 28 percent of third-down conversion attempts and
are 57 percent on fourth downs. UAB slightly favors the run with 107
rushing attempts to 87 passing attempts on offense.
Junior receiver and return specialist Jamarcus Nelson is dangerous whenever
he gets the ball and has averaged 19.5 yards per reception over his career
The Blazers and Commodores met once before in 1996 when Vanderbilt beat the
REMARKS: The Commodores are 9-1 in regular season games against non-
SEC teams since Vanderbilt coach James Franklin arrived. Vanderbilt was one
of nine schools in the FBS subdivision that returned its entire coaching
staff from 2012.
Franklin's win total of 15 after his first two seasons at Vanderbilt is the
most by a second-year Commodore coach since 1904. The 9-4 record in 2012
tied the school record for wins dating back to World War I. The Vanderbilt
coach has proven that the 'Dores can hang tough and compete in the SEC with
his contagious personality and a close attention to detail.
Blazer head coach Garrick McGee is has brought an excellent offensive
foundation to UAB. After scoring 25 offensive touchdowns in the year prior
to his arrival, the Blazers scored 40 offensive touchdowns in his first
season in 2012. McGee is 4-11 overall with the Blazers.
In his first season as coach McGee registered the third-highest total of
offensive yards in Blazer history with a 3-9 overall record and 2-6 record
in the Conference USA. The Blazers had to replace a total of four coaches,
including a running backs coach, tight ends coach, defensive line coach, and
PREDICTION: Vanderbilt 31, UAB 20