July 9, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Three Commodore underclassmen expected to play key roles this fall - defensive tackle Adam Butler, tight end Steven Scheu and safety Andrew Williamson - will join Head Coach Derek Mason as Vanderbilt representatives at the Southeastern Conference's annual Football Media Days, league officials announced Wednesday
Butler, Scheu and Williamson will appear with Mason on Monday, July 13 before hundreds of media outlets in Hoover, Ala. The Vanderbilt contingent will participate on opening day of SEC Media Days activity along with SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, and representatives from the Florida Gators and Auburn Tigers.
Created in 1985, SEC Media Days has become college football's biggest preseason event, attracting more than 750 media outlets representing newspaper, magazines, radio and television, and web-based outfits.
It will mark the first SEC Media Days appearance for Mason and the three Vanderbilt student-athletes.
Butler, a sophomore from Duncanville, Texas, ranks among the conference's best young defensive linemen. Originally signed as an offensive line prospect, the 6-5, 305-lb. Butler quickly became a force on the interior of Vanderbilt's defense as a redshirt freshman in 2013.
Butler's 16 solo stops and six tackles for loss led all Vanderbilt interior tackles last year. He finished the season with 25 total tackles, forced one fumble, recovered another fumble, and blocked a pair of opponent conversion attempts.
Butler also possesses the versatility to play either tackle or end in the new 3-4 defensive scheme Mason brings to the Commodores from Stanford.
Williamson, a junior from San Antonio, Texas, was one of the Commodores' top performers during Mason's first spring ball on campus. Williamson will be important to the team's success in several ways, including replacing All-Southeastern Conference recipient Kenny Ladler as starting free safety and providing veteran leadership for a Vanderbilt secondary that lacks returning starters.
In 2013, Williamson contributed 20 total tackles and key interceptions in late-season SEC victories over Florida and Kentucky. He also registered a fumble recovery.
Mason's offensive coaches expect Scheu, a junior from Evansville, Ind., to have a larger role in the Commodore offense than in the last two seasons when he totaled 17 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns in 13 starts and 24 career appearances.
Vanderbilt's pro-style offense coordinated by former UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell is expected to offer more play-making opportunities for Scheu and other Commodore tight ends.
Continuous coverage of SEC Football Media Days will be available at the SEC's official website, SECSports.com
VUCommodores.com will also be in Hoover, providing an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the Black and Gold.
SEC Media Days Participants
Landon Collins, Safety
Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver
Christion Jones, Wide Receiver
Brey Cook, Offensive Guard
Trey Flowers, Defensive End
Alan Turner, Safety
Nick Marshall, Quarterback
Reese Dismukes, Center
Gabe Wright, Defensive Linemen
Jeff Driskel , Quarterback
Dante Fowler, Defensive End
Vernon Hargreaves III, Cornerback
Chris Conley, Flanker
Todd Gurley, Tailback
Ramik Wilson, Linebacker
Bud Dupree, Defensive End
Jordan Swindle, Offensive Tackle
Za'Darius Smith, Defensive End
La'el Collins, Offensive Tackle
Terrence Magee, Running Back
D.J. Welter, Linebacker
CJ Johnson, Defensive End
Cody Prewitt, Safety
Bo Wallace, Quarterback
Jay Hughes, Safety
Benardrick McKinney, Linebacker
Dak Prescott, Quarterback
Evan Boehm, Center
Markus Golden, Defensive End
Maty Mauk, Quarterback
A.J. Cann, Offensive Guard
J.T. Surratt, Defensive Tackle
Dylan Thompson, Quarterback
Mack Crowder, Offensive Line
AJ Johnson, Linebacker
Curt Maggitt, Defensive End
Deshazor Everett, Defensive Back
Drew Kaser, Punter
Cedric Ogbuehi, Offensive Tackle
Adam Butler, Defensive Line
Steven Scheu, Tight End
Andrew Williamson, Safety