Aug. 28, 2007
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Vanderbilt will be looking to remain undefeated all-time against Richmond when they host the Spiders Saturday at 6 p.m. CST in Nashville, Tenn. Tickets are still available for only $12 and can be purchased by calling 615.322.GOLD (option 1).
Richmond Players to Watch:
TB #22 Tim Hightower (6'1 225 lbs Sr.)
In 2006, Hightower started all 11 games and lead the team while also posting career-highs in carries (177) and rushing yards (850). His 34 receptions were second on the team only to Arman Shields. Hightower was third on the team with 269 receiving yards. He scored seven touchdowns last season with a career-best three in one game against VMI.
WR #14 Arman Shields (6'2 185 lbs. Sr.)
Shields is a 2007 preseason All-CAA Football selection. Last season, he started 10 games and caught a career-high five touchdown passes on the season. In Richmond's season-opening 13-0 win at Duke, Shields caught five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. In 2005 vs. Vanderbilt, Shields caught 8 passes for 116 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown pass.
DE #8 Sherman Logan (6'3" 250 lbs. Sr.)
Logan is a 2007 preseason All-CAA Football selection. In 2006, he started all 11 games and recorded 52 tackles. Logan collected three sacks and has 14 for his career, just a half sack shy of Richmond's career top-10. In 2005 vs. the Commodores, Logan sacked former standout QB Jay Cutler twice.
PK #10 Andrew Howard (6'0" 170 lbs. So.)
During his freshman season, Howard made 10 of 13 field goals, including a career long of 45 yards. A reliable kicker, he was perfect on all 34 extra-point attempts and led the Spiders in scoring (64 points).
QB #11 Eric Ward (6'3" 195 lbs. So.)
Ward was the 2006 Atlantic 10 Offensive Rookie of the Year and started 10 games. He amassed 1,424 yards passing and 11 touchdowns through the air. The sophomore also rushed for 130 yards on 57 carries and scored two touchdowns on the ground. Ward was named A-10 Rookie of the Week twice during the 2006 season. His first honor was on the heels of leading the Spiders to a 13-0 win at Duke to open the season. In the game, Ward was 11-for-23 for 120 yards with one touchdown pass. In his final game of the 2006 season, Ward completed a season-high 21 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns against William & Mary on his way to another Rookie of the Week honor.
Saturday will mark the 3rd meeting between the Richmond and Vanderbilt football teams. Vanderbilt won both previous meetings at home - a 28-22 triumph in 2001 and a 37-13 rout in 2005.
Richmond begins its first year of competition in the Colonial Athletic Association this season after exiting the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Vanderbilt is looking to open the season 1-0 for only the 2nd time in the last 10 years (at Wake Forest, 2005).
Richmond upset Duke in last season's opener 13-0. It was the school's first victory over an ACC opponent in 29 years. The Spiders have never defeated an SEC opponent.
Vanderbilt WR Earl Bennett
, a 2007 preseason first team All-SEC pick and All-American in many polls, caught 11 passes for 124 yards against the Spiders as a freshman in 2005. Bennett enters his junior season needing 48 catches and 1,071 receiving yards to own the SEC career mark in both categories.
Vanderbilt senior TB Cassen Jackson-Garrison
rushed 11 times for 119 yards against Richmond in 2005. Jackson-Garrison's performance was the highest single game rushing output by a Commodore that season. Vanderbilt's 237 total rushing yards and 6.4 yards per rush vs. the Spiders in 2005 also were season highs.
Richmond lost eight defensive starters from last season but returns nine offensive starters, including leading scorers PK Howard (64 points), TB Hightower (42), WR Shields (30), and TB Josh Vaughn (30).
Vanderbilt's QB coach Jimmy Kiser
was Richmond's offensive coordinator in 2001.