Kneauxing the Enemy 2020 Game Two
by Bryan Follins
For the second consecutive week the Purple and Gold will face a team, besides themselves, which is an unknown quantity. They are the Vanderbilt Commodores, perennial cellar dwellers in SEC football.
Last Saturday, the ‘Dores travelled to Texas A&M and lost a 17-12 contest. The Aggies went into the game ranked 10th. Were the Aggie as good as their ranking? Did Vandy play up to its competition?
Vanderbilt started a freshman at quarterback in their opener. His name is Ken Seals. He was 20 of 29 for 150 yards in the contest, a steep drop from what the Purple and Gold witnessed last Saturday. Seals threw one touchdown pass and two interceptions against Texas A&M.
Sophomore Ja’Veon Marlow led the Commodores in rushing with 65 yards.
Cam Johnson was the leading receiver from 2019 with 316 yards for the entire season.
Junior offensive tackle Tyler Steen is the only offensive lineman who started all 12 games for Vandy last year.
Who are these guys?
Junior defensive end Dayo OdeYingbo started 11 games on defense last year. He lead the SEC in tackles for losses. Odeyingbo had seven tackles, four unassisted, and two tackles for losses against the Aggies.
Senior inside linebacker Dimitri Moore was fourth in the SEC in tackles with 99 for the 2019 season. He opted out for the 2020, but then changed his mind and opted back in. Moore did not play against Texas A&M.
The Vanderbilt defense played well against Texas A&M, allowing 372 total yards, and forcing three fumbles.
Yet, like the Purple and Gold, they are trying to find out who they are at this point in the season. Both teams will learn more Saturday.