Things to Know About Richmond
Aug. 28, 2007
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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.