Senior standouts Kyle Shurmur, Justin Skule and LaDarius Wiley will join Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason next week at Southeastern Conference Football Media Days, the league announced Wednesday.
Shurmur, Skule, Wiley and Mason will appear Thursday, July 19 as the highly anticipated SEC Media Days moves to Atlanta and the College Football Hall of Fame for the first time after being held near Birmingham for the last three decades.
The Commodore contingent is scheduled for more than three hours of continuous interviews starting at 8:45 a.m. CT.
SEC Media Days has grown into college football's biggest preseason spectacle. In 2017, more than 1,100 media members representing print, radio, television, and web-based affiliates attended the four-day event.
This year, Media Days departs Hoover, Ala., where it has been held annually since 1989, and moves to the College Football Hall of Fame and adjoining Omni Hotel at CNN Center in downtown Atlanta.
Shurmur, entering his third full season as Vanderbilt’s starting quarterback, is making his second straight appearance at Media Days. This will be the first Media Days appearance for Skule, a two-year starter on the offensive front, and Wiley, a safety who ranks among the SEC’s top returning tacklers.
"Kyle, Justin and LaDarius will do an excellent job representing their teammates, our football program and Vanderbilt University in Atlanta,” Mason said. “All three of these guys are proven performers and tremendous teammates.”
Shurmur, from Philadelphia, Pa., ranks among Vanderbilt’s all-time passing leaders and enters his final season within reach of several team records. In 2017, Shurmur set a team record with 26 touchdown passes and threw for 2,823 yards, the third highest single-season total in Commodore history. He enters this season fourth all-time among Vanderbilt quarterbacks with 40 touchdown passes and fifth with 5,735 passing yards.
Skule, from Centreville, Va., started all 12 games protecting Shurmur from the tackle position. He has 25 consecutive starts on the offensive front. In 2017, Skule participated in virtually every meaningful offensive snap at left tackle after starting the 2016 campaign at right tackle.
Wiley, from Los Angeles, is back as one of the SEC’s top returning tacklers. As a 12-game starter at safety in 2017, Wiley topped the Commodores and ranked among SEC leaders with 88 total tackles and 58 unassisted stops. Wiley ended the season with the highest tackle total by a Vanderbilt defensive back in four years. He also ranks as the team’s active career leader with 113 solo stops, 172 total tackles and three fumble recoveries.
Continuous coverage of SEC Football Media Days will be available on the SEC Network and the SEC's official website, SECSports.com. VUCommodores.com and @VandyFootball will also provide exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of Mason and the Vanderbilt student-athletes.
A complete list of current and former Vanderbilt student-athletes who have participated in SEC Media Days follows:
2017 -- Oren Burks (LB), Kyle Shurmur (QB), Ralph Webb (RB)
2016 -- Oren Burks (LB), Zach Cunningham (LB), Ralph Webb (RB)
2015 -- Nigel Bowden (LB), Spencer Pulley (OL), Ralph Webb (RB)
2014 -- Adam Butler (DL), Steven Scheu (TE), Andrew Williamson (DB)
2013 -- Andre Hal (DB), Wesley Johnson (OL), Jordan Matthews (WR)
2012 -- Jordan Rodgers (QB), Zac Stacy (RB), Trey Wilson (DB)
2011 -- Casey Hayward (DB), Chris Marve (LB), Larry Smith (QB)
2010 -- Chris Marve (LB), Warren Norman (RB), John Stokes (LB)
2009 -- Bradley Vierling (OL), Myron Lewis (DB)
2008 -- George Smith (WR), Reshard Langford (DB)
2007 -- Earl Bennett (WR), Jonathan Goff (LB)
2006 -- Brian Stamper (OL), Jonathan Goff (LB)
2005 -- Jay Cutler (QB), Moses Osemwegie(LB)
2004 -- Jay Cutler (QB), Jovan Haye (DL)
2003 -- Jay Cutler (QB), Jovan Haye (DL)
2002 -- Dan Stricker (WR), Rushen Jones (DB)
2001 -- Greg Zolman (QB), Nate Morrow (LB)
2000 -- Elliott Carson (TE), Jamie Winborn (LB)
1999 -- Ainsley Battles (DB), Todd Yoder (TE/WR)
1998 -- Clay Condrey (OL), Fred Vinson (DB)
1997 -- Corey Chavous (DB), Jamie Duncan (LB)
1996 -- Matt Schuckman (DL), Eric Vance (DB)
1995 -- Robert Couch (OL), James Manley (DL)
1994 -- Gerald Collins (LB), Eric Lewis (RB)
1993 -- Eric Dahlberg (OL), Shelton Quarles (LB)
1992 -- Clarence Sevillian (WR), Robbie Young (DB)
1991 -- Bob Craycraft (OL), Rod Keith (DL)
1990 -- Kevin Brothen (OL), Corey Harris (DB)
1989 -- John Gromos (QB), DeMond Winston (LB)