Nov. 19, 2012
Andre Hal (Jr., CB) became the sixth Commodore to earn Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after hisimpressive performance in Vanderbilt's 41-18 rout of Tennessee last Saturday in Nashville.
Hal, from Port Allen, La., posted two interceptions against the Volunteers, returning each inside the Tennessee 20-yard line. The Commodore offense quickly scored touchdowns after each interception to break the game open.
A first-year starter, Hal ranks second in the SEC with 13 passes defended. The interceptions vs. the Vols were his first this season.
Hal also added five total tackles during the impressive victory over Tennessee, which marked Vanderbilt's first home win over the Vols since 1982. The Commodores improved to 7-4 overall, and 5-3 in SEC play. The five wins in conference action ties a school record.
With Hal's selection, the Commodores have enjoyed individualrecognition from the SEC after each of its four victories.
Here's a list of other Commodore student-athletes recognized earlier this year by the SEC for their individual performances :
- Walker May (R-Jr., DE) won Defensive Lineman of the Week honors after Vanderbilt's thrilling 27-26 victory at Ole Miss on Nov. 10.
- Wesley Johnson (R-Jr., OT) shared Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after Vanderbilt's 40-0 win at Kentucky on Nov. 3. It was Johnson's third career recognition by the league.
- Carey Spear (Jr., PK) was named Special Teams Player of the Week following the victory over Kentucky on Nov. 3.
- Joe Townsend (So., center) were recognized as Offensive Lineman of the Week after the team's win over Auburn on Oct. 20.
- Richard Kent (Sr., punter) was honored for his punting performancein Vanderbilt's win at Missouri on Oct. 6.