Football adds three to roster

June 14, 2017

Specialist Scott Sypniewski, offensive lineman Saige Young and wideout Alex Stump have joined the Commodore football team, head coach Derek Mason announced today.

Sypniewski, a graduate student from Ottawa, Ill., comes to the Commodores with collegiate experience as a dual snap specialist. Young, a product of Versailles, Ky., adds needed depth on the offensive front. Stump, from Cleveland, Ohio, is a highly regarded transfer from Ohio State who is expected to play wide receiver.

Sypniewski and Young will be eligible to participate this season for the Commodores while Stump will sit out the campaign and look to contribute in 2018.

Mason said the three newcomers strengthen the Commodores’ roster entering the 2017 season and bring needed future depth at key positions.

“I’m happy to welcome Scott, Saige and Alex to West End as the newest Commodores. Our team immediately becomes a better and deeper football squad with the addition of these young men,” Mason said. “Their arrival on campus gives our program a full roster entering preseason camp.”

In Sypniewski, the Commodores enlist a proven performer who comes from Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan program. Sypniewski, who has one year of eligibility left after graduating from Michigan last spring, served as the Wolverines’ chief snapper with appearances in 36 games over the last three years.

Snap responsibilities appeared to be an area of concern for the Commodores prior to Sypniewski’s arrival on campus. With snappers Jacob Schultz and Wilson Johnson both lost to graduation, Vanderbilt was lacking any experienced players at the position without Sypniewski.

Young, a 6-4, 315-pounder, will have three years of eligibility for the Commodores. Young is a promising line prospect who watched his stock rise significantly last year after earning all-conference honors at Dodge City (Kansas) Community College. He is expected to get repetitions this summer at either guard position.

Young was a three-star lineman as a senior at Woodford County High School near Lexington in 2015, then used one year at Dodge City to add bulk and get much-valued game experience at the collegiate level.

Stump was a member of the 2015-16 Ohio State teams. He redshirted as a true freshman, and posted a single catch in limited action for the Buckeyes last year. Stump was an Ohio prep standout at St. Edward High School near Cleveland. He was regarded among the Midwest’s elite receivers following a junior campaign when he amassed 987 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns on 57 catches.

Sypniewski and Stump will join a third former Big Ten player on the Commodore roster. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, a former standout running back at Pearl-Cohn High School in Nashville, also recently transferred to Vanderbilt after two years at the University of Illinois.


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