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Offense leads early, defense takes over late
Burks up for Butkus Award, Openshaw for Wuerffel Trophy
Commodore standouts receive recognition following SEC Media Days
Senior first Commodore kicker named since Carey Spear
Mason seeing all-around progress from squad
January 3, 2014
January 1, 2014
December 12, 2013
November 26, 2013
November 23, 2013
The Vanderbilt football team began its 2017 campaign with its first day of camp (7/31/17)
Vanderbilt vs. NC State in the Camping World Independence Bowl.
Vanderbilt traveled to Missouri to take on the Tigers on Saturday.
Check out the USA Today photo gallery from the game between Vanderbilt and No. 11 Auburn.
Vanderbilt traveled to Auburn for the first time since 2007 on Saturday.
2017 Lou Groza Award (PK) watch list
2017 Wuerffel Trophy candidate
2017 Allstate-AFCA National Good Works Team nominee
2016 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
2015 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
2014 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
2013-2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
Openshaw enjoyed an All-Southeastern Conference caliber campaign - and one of the best ever by a Commodore placekicker... As a third-year starter, Openshaw converted 15 of 19 field goals... His 78.9 percent conversion rate has been bettered only once (Carey Spear's 83.3% in 2012) since the mid-1970s... Openshaw was also 11-of-11 inside 40 yards and converted on four efforts from 47 yards and beyond, including twice from 52 yards... He made his last FG attempts, including three at Auburn... Openshaw's conversions from 52 yards at Auburn and vs. NC State in the Camping World Independence Bowl matched the eighth longest in team history... Openshaw's 81 points scored ranks as the third highest single-season scoring total ever by a Commodore kicker... His career scoring output of 175 points ranks fifth all-time among Commodores.
Openshaw played in every game, spending much of the year in dual capacity of punter and placekicker... As first-year punter, Openshaw averaged 40.9 yards on 79 punts... Booted a 78-yard punt, equaling No. 6 all-time on team charts, against Missouri... As placekicker, Openshaw converted on 62.3 percent of field goals (12-of-19)... Made 7-of-10 attempts between 40-49 yards... Made field goals of 28, 41 and 34 yards at Ole Miss... All of team's field goal attempts came in first seven games of season... Also made all 14 extra point attempts.
Openshaw saw action in 11 games, serving as the team's primary placekicker in his redshirt freshmen season... Made 72.7 percent of field goals, converting 8-of-11... Was 6-of-6 on field goals inside 40 yards... Last two conversions came from 48 and 46 yards... Made all 21 PATs on the season... Also served as team's primary kickoff specialist during last two months of season.
Openshaw did not see action as a true freshman... Displayed excellent leg strength and accuracy as a placekicker.
Ranked among nation's top kicking specialists by several services... Started three years as kicker.. Became team's kicker as sophomore, adding punting duties as a senior... Became school's first player to earn first-team 6A All-State from writers after making five FGs and 45.6-yard punting average as senior... Also named All-District as senior... Was 16-of-22 on field goals as junior, including team record 56-yarder, as team advanced to second round of state playoffs.
Thomas Reilly Openshaw... Completed undergraduate degrees in Engineering Science and Economics in May 2017; working on a master's in Leadership and Organizational Performance at Vanderbilt's Peabody College... Son of Mark Openshaw and Susanne Openshaw... Born Sept. 30, 1994... Has three younger sisters: Colleen, Tara and Claire... Dad works as a construction manager; mom is retired from the U.S. Navy... Mom was a gymnast at U.S. Naval Academy... Active in youth activities at hometown church... Enjoys golf... Nominated to Allstate-AFCA national Good Works Team.
Field Goals Attempted: 4, at Ole Miss, 9/26/2015
Field Goals Made: 3, (2x) last at Auburn, 11/5/2016
Longest Field Goal: 52 yards, at Auburn, 11/5/2016
Longest Punt: 78 yards, vs. Missouri, 10/24/2015