NASHVILLE - At least four Commodores - two-year starting quarterback Jordan Rodgers, All-SEC punter Richard Kent, two-year defensive back starter Trey Wilson and three-year starting defensive lineman Rob Lohr - are expected to sign rookie free agent deals with NFL teams.
Rodgers, a quarterback from Chico, Calif., and Wilson, a cornerback from Shreveport, La., have agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kent, a punter from Marietta, Ga., and Lohr, a defensive tackle from Phoenixville, Pa., will join the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively.
The free agent deals bring the number of Vanderbilt seniors hoping to continue their playing career to six. On Saturday, running back Zac Stacy and offensive lineman Ryan Seymour were picked in the NFL Draft by St. Louis and Seattle in the fifth and seventh rounds, respectively.
The six former standouts will long be remembered by Vanderbilt fans for leading the 2011-12 Commodores to back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time in team history. They also capped their careers with a 9-4 campaign and Music City Bowl title in 2012, and won their last seven games in a Commodore uniform.
Rodgers, younger brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, was a two-year starter at quarterback, guiding the Commodores to a 14-11 overall record. As a senior Rodgers enjoyed one of the best seasons ever by a Vanderbilt quarterback, completing 60 percent of his passes for 2,539 yards, 15 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Rodgers' passing yardage is the fourth highest single-season total ever by a Commodore signal caller.
Rodgers, who received the postseason Star V Award in recognition of the squad's Most Valuable Player, finished his career ranked sixth among all Vanderbilt quarterbacks with 4,063 passing yards.
Wilson also enjoyed a stellar Commodore career, setting new team records with four interception returns for touchdowns and 291 total interception return yards. He started 26 consecutive games as a cornerback.
In 2012, Wilson topped the defense with three interceptions. He also established personal single-season highs with 29 solo tackles and 36 total tackles. As a senior, he returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
Kent, who began his Vanderbilt career as a walk-on, leaves as one of the finest punters in program history. Kent averaged 42.9 yards as a three-year starter, the third highest career punting average by a Commodore.
In 2012, Kent earned Second Team All-SEC honors after averaging 44.9 yards, the fourth highest single-season average ever by a Commodore. Nearly a third of Kent's 59 punts last year topped 50 yards.
Lohr dealt with nagging injuries as a senior, his third season as a starting defensive tackle. Lohr, who played his best during the latter half of the 2012 season, finished his Commodore career with 38 consecutive starts.
As a senior, Lohr finished with 30 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and a pair of quarterback sacks. He ranks among the all-time leading Commodore defensive tackles with 31.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in his career.
Rodgers, Wilson, Kent and Lohr also have completed their Vanderbilt undergraduate degrees.