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SEC Opponents are Running Wild vs. Vanderbilt

Christopher Hanewinckel | USA Today

Derek Mason’s Vanderbilt defense will have their hands full this Saturday against Kentucky’s Benny Snell.

The Kentucky running back that is stealing the hearts and souls of opponents will face the country’s 96th-ranked rush defense.  This season the Commodores have surrendered on average 183.3 yards per game on the ground.  On the other side of the football Kentucky is just outside of the top 25 nationally with 223.5 rushing yards per game.

Through the first three games of SEC play, all losses, it would be an understatement to say Vanderbilt has struggled to defend.  If you include their other quality opponent, Notre Dame, they’ve given up on average 257.3 rushing yards in those four contests.

Opponent Total Rushing Yards Yards per Carry
Notre Dame 245 5.1
South Carolina 273 5.7
Georgia 219 6.4
Florida 292 4.6

If you break it down further the numbers are even more staggering.

Two Florida running backs had more than 100 rushing yards against Vanderbilt. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush was five yards away from giving Notre Dame two 100-yard rushers. The astronomical yards per carry are even more impressive when you consider Florida ran the ball 63 times, while Notre Dame and South Carolina each had 48 carries against the Commodores.

Even though the teams are different, it’s also worth noting that Benny Snell averages 105 yards and 5.7 yards per carry in his career vs. Vanderbilt, including a three-touchdown performance last year in Nashville.

Based on numbers alone, Eddie Gran’s game plan will be simple: run the freaking ball.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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5 Comments for SEC Opponents are Running Wild vs. Vanderbilt



  1. IBleedBlue
    5:28 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    They Remember in November



    • mashburnfan1
      8:51 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

      Gran will have to throw the 1 yard out to CJ and the behind the line of scrimmage wr screen {no matter the amount of defenders out there} at least 6 times, especially if we get in 3rd and long.



  2. Chacosrule
    5:59 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    In theory, yes. But it’s entirely possible the gameplan will be to put terry in a 7 step drop back for 90% of plays. Let’s hope Benny is allowed to do what Benny does.



  3. tmcclan16
    10:36 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t worry Edie gran will our smart them and pass the ball 80% of the time.



  4. CombatMedic_98
    8:47 am October 18, 2018 Permalink

    Man you all have told Vandy all our secrets…what is Gran gonna do now! Probably run Wilson left/right/drop back (sacked)/ then PUNT!!!!