Notes & Depth Charts - Kentucky

Nov. 7, 2017

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- Vanderbilt hosts Kentucky with the teams having split the last 10 games and the Commodores winning the last three in Nashville.
- The Dores own the fifth-best passing offense in the league averaging 220.4 yards per game, which is the most by a VU team since 2013.
- VU is averaging 417.0 yards per game over the last three games.
- RB Ralph Webb needs 44 yards to pass Florida legend Emmitt Smith and join the Top 10 in SEC rushing history.
- QB Kyle Shurmur needs one touchdown pass to match Jay Cutler (21) for second in a single season at Vanderbilt and two to equal Whit Taylor's single-season school record (22) set in 1982. Shurmur needs 204 yards to become the sixth Commodore to throw for 5,000 yards in his career.
- OLB Charles Wright's eight sacks are tied for the most in the SEC along with Auburn's Jeff Holland.

Kyle Shurmur is putting together an impressive junior season having already thrown 20 touchdowns - third-most in a single season in school history - in the first nine games of 2017. He has thrown a career-best four touchdowns twice this season, including at South Carolina. He threw nine all of last year and entered the season with 14 in his career.

Shurmur ranks in the top 10 in the SEC in multiple categories, including passing efficiency (7th), touchdowns (2nd), passing yards per game (5th) and passing yards (5th). He also ranks third in the league in points responsible for with 120. His 20 touchdown passes rank 14th in the nation.

The junior's 20 passing touchdowns are the most by a Commodore QB since Jay Cutler threw 21 as a senior in 2005. Whit Taylor owns the Vanderbilt single-season record with 22 in 1982.

His solid start to the season also began his ascension up the Vanderbilt record charts moving him into sixth all-time in passing yards (4,796) and into fifth all-time with 34 career touchdown passes.

The Commodores won the team's third straight November game last week against Western Kentucky and look to close out November just like last season.

Vanderbilt finished off the 2016 season with back-to-back November victories over Ole Miss and Tennessee to earn a birth in the Camping World Independence Bowl. This year, the Dores finish with home games against Kentucky and Missouri before a trip to Tennessee.

For the first time this season the Commodores' run game has produced three straight 100-yard games.

Vanderbilt rushed for 174 yards in last week's win over Western Kentucky, matching the team's second-highest total this season.

The effort against the Hilltoppers comes on the heels of the Dores running for 107 at South Carolina and a season-best 188 at Ole Miss. During the three-game stretch the Commodores are rushing for 156.3 yards per game to push their season average over 100 yards per game (103.2).

Ralph Webb has led the way on the ground during the run, rushing for 298 yards (99.3 yards per game). Webb has reached the total despite missing the time in the game at South Carolina with only six carries. He ran for a season-high 163 yards at Ole Miss.

The addition of the run game to the offense has helped the Commodores roll up 1,251 yards of total offense (417.0 yards per game), including a pair of 400-yard games and a season-best 440 yards at South Carolina.


The Vanderbilt defense has excelled in making negative plays this season with last weekend's win over Western Kentucky being the latest example.

The Commodores held the Hilltoppers to -6 yards rushing on 30 attempts. It marks the first time through at least the 1980s Vanderbilt held an opponent to negative yards rushing. The Vanderbilt school record for rushing yards allowed in a game came in 1941 against Louisville when the Dores held the Cardinals to -15 yards rushing.

Vanderbilt was in the Western Kentucky backfield most of the day on Saturday, recording a season-high 12 tackles for loss. Included in those 12 tackles for loss were a season-best six sacks. Charles Wright and Dayo Odeyingbo each contributed two sacks apiece. Eight different Dores recorded at least one tackle for loss with Jordan Griffin and Josh Smith each adding sacks.

Wright added to his total and moved back into a tie for first in the SEC with eight sacks alongside Auburn's Jeff Holland. Wright's eight sacks are the most by a Commodore since Tim Fugger (8.0) in 2011.

Vanderbilt ranks fourth in the league with 60 tackles for loss as one of just five teams in the SEC with at least 60 TFLs (Texas A&M, Missouri, Alabama, Auburn). The Commodores' 23 sacks rank fifth in the league with only Texas A&M (32.0), LSU (30.0), Alabama (29.0) and Auburn (26.0) ahead of VU.

Vanderbilt has recorded at least one sack and at least two tackles for loss in every game this season.

Vanderbilt has converted on 21-of-24 trips into the red zone this season, scoring touchdowns in all 21 conversions.

No SEC team is better at converting red zone trips into touchdowns than the Commodores, who have turned 87.5% of the team's trips inside the 20 into TDs.

Arkansas is the closest to VU, converting 73.5% (26-for-41) of their red zone trips into touchdowns with Auburn next at 70.0% (28-for-40).

The Commodores were one of the best in the nation in the red zone in 2016, converting 43-of-46 trips inside the 20 - including 32 touchdowns - to rank sixth for the season.

Kyle Shurmur has been a catalyst for the Vanderbilt offense having thrown 20 touchdown passes already this season and accounting for 132 points.

The junior is tied for 14th nationally with 20 TD passes but of the 18 quarterbacks nationally with at least 20 touchdown passes, Shurmur's three interceptions are the fewest. He is seventh in the SEC and 39th nationally in passing efficiency (141.8).

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