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6-5 / 305
Several receivers impress during full-gear session
Unit features five starters, eight letterwinners back from year ago
Early morning session concludes with full-contact drills
Mason sees growth from offense and defense
Texas A&M 25, Vanderbilt 0
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2016 Dore Jam
Vanderbilt vs. Austin Peay. Photos by John Russell (9/19/15)
Crooks' season as an offensive lineman featured highs and lows... After staring at left guard in early-season games against South Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Western Kentucky, the fourth-year player missed nearly all of October and November with injuries.
Crooks' impact on the season was hindered by a lower leg injury that kept him out of action for two months... Played in five games, opening the season at right guard... Late in the season, started against Texas A&M as a blocking tight end.
Crooks played in every game as a first-year contributor, participating as an offensive lineman and on special teams... Played nearly 100 snaps at left guard, seeing initial OL duties on the road at Kentucky... Enjoyed snaps at OG in the team's final eight games... Credited with six pancake blocks at guard... Also served as a blocker on FG and PAT conversion units.
Crooks did not see action as a true freshman... Showed quick feet, excellent agility and explosive power during fall practices working as a practice squad offensive guard.
Two-year captain for Atlanta public school power... As senior, started at OT and DT, helping Panthers go 9-2 and advance to AAAA state playoffs... Named Second Team MaxPreps All-American after senior campaign... In 2012, also earned First Team AAAA All-State OL, All-Region and All-City from Atlanta Journal-Constitution by producing 40 pancake blocks... Helped pave way for two RBs to surpass 1,000 yards during senior year.
Delando Lamar Crooks... "Lando"... Majoring in Communication Studies... Son of Lester Crooks and the late Janice Crooks... Born April 11, 1995... Has four brothers: Damien, Damion, Dominic and Kenard; and three sisters: Kareen, Corlett, and Alisha... Mentored and coached by his uncle, Troy Vaccianna... Named Homecoming King as senior... Enjoys playing chess.