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Five things you need to know about Ralph Webb

Vanderbilt players and Coach Mason enter the stadium on the Star Walk for the opener against Western Kentucky University.(John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

Vanderbilt players and Coach Mason enter the stadium on the Star Walk for the opener against Western Kentucky University.(John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

(John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

The redshirt sophomore running back has become a star for Vanderbilt’s offense this season. Here are five things you need to know about him before kick-off…

Webb broke Vandy’s freshman single-season rushing record

Webb does not get the attention like some of the other elite backs in the SEC, but he should. Webb is going to be star for Vanderbilt in his final two seasons. Webb broke the single-season record against the Florida Gators in their 10th game of the season last year. Webb finished the season 907 yards. Webb also set a freshman single-game rushing record with 166 yards. Webb’s 1700 yards is the most ever by a Vanderbilt player in two seasons. In conclusion, the guy can run the ball.

Webb switched from No. 26 to No. 7 this season

The reason behind the change has no significance other than it looked good.

“Man, I put in the work this summer to be faster,” Webb said. “I wanted a single digit. I wanted No. 2 like I wore in high school, but (quarterback Johnny McCrary) got it. They gave me (No. 26) when I got here, but I didn’t ask for it. But (No. 7) stood out to me because it looked good. You look good, feel good, play good.”

Personally I find even numbers more comforting but you do you, Ralph.

Webb is from Gainesville, Florida 

Despite being from Gainesville, the Florida Gators or any other SEC school besides Vanderbilt offered Webb a scholarship. Webb never drew any interest from the Gators even after leading his Gainesville High team to the Florida Class 6A state title game in 2012. Webb finished his high school career with 2,020 rushing yards.

“It’s not just (Florida). I feel that way against any of these schools that overlooked me. I definitely play with a chip on my shoulder because I feel like I was underrated in recruiting and how people saw me coming out of high school,” Webb said.

Webb studied abroad in Australia

Webb and a dozen other Vanderbilt students traveled to Australia to study biodiversity along the Great Barrier Reef and rain forests of Australia’s Gold Coast.

“It was mind-blowing,” Webb said. “It was one of those things that you can’t really explain the feeling you had. You had to have been there with me to understand. It’s one of those things you have to do from within to understand.”

Read the whole story from ESPN here.

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Webb has never been to the most magical place on Earth

You would think that every Floridian has been to Disney World, but I guess not. Webb, who is from Florida, has never been to Disney World. According to Google Maps, the drive from Gainesville to Orlando is only about an hour and 45 minutes. Come on Ralph, that drive is nothing to experience one of the greatest placec ever.

 


 

 

Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard