Jan. 10, 2013
NASHVILLE - Five standout seniors from the 9-4 Commodore football team are expected to play in a pair of postseason all-star games this month.
Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy, defensive tackle Rob Lohr and cornerback Trey Wilson will participate in the East-West Shrine Game, scheduled at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Quarterback Jordan Rodgers and offensive lineman Ryan Seymour will play in the second annual NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Collegiate Bowl, slated in the Home Depot Center near Los Angeles.
The East-West Shrine Game and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl are scheduled on Saturday, Jan. 19. The East-West game will kickoff at 3 p.m., CT, and air on the NFL Network. The Collegiate Bowl kicks off at 5 pm., with ESPN2 providing television.
Stacy, a product of Bibb County High School in central Alabama, established several new Vanderbilt single-season and career rushing yards. The 2012 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Most Valuable Player ranks as the team's all-time leader with 3,143 rushing yards and 30 rushing touchdowns. He also is the first Commodore to ever produce back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, and set a new school mark with 1,193 rushing yards in 2011.
Wilson, a two-year starter from Shreveport, La., also broke team records as a Vanderbilt defensive back, setting new marks by returning four interceptions for touchdowns and amassing 291 career interception return yards. The Evangel Christian Academy product contributed six interceptions, including one in Vanderbilt's Music City Bowl victory, along with 68 solo tackles and 19 passes defended.
Lohr was a three-year starting interior tackle for the Commodore defense, concluding his career with 11 sacks among 120 total tackles. The native of Phoenixville, Pa., also ranks among the team's all-time leaders with 31.5 career tackles for loss.
Rodgers, who transferred to Vanderbilt from Butte (Calif.) Junior College, produced one of the finest seasons ever by a Commodore quarterback in 2012. Completing 59.9 percent of his passes, the Northern California native threw for 2,539 yards, the fourth highest single-season total in Vanderbilt history. Rodgers also threw for 15 touchdowns and just five interceptions as a senior, and concluded his career with 4,063 passing yards and 24 touchdown passes.
Seymour, from Camden County High School near Kingsland, Ga., started 35 games on the Commodore offensive front. He also displayed tremendous versatility, earning snaps at tackle, guard and center.
All five of the Commodores are training in preparation for Vanderbilt's Pro Day scheduled in mid-March and the 2013 NFL Draft, which is scheduled April 25-27 in New York City.