The Best of 2012: 'We-Fense'

Dec. 13, 2012

Vanderbilt's regular season will go down as one of the most memorable in the school's history. The team rewrote numerous records and captured the attention of Vanderbilt fans everywhere.

The team finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and is bound for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 31.

To relive some of the excitement from the 2012 regular season, VUCommodores will spend this week reflecting back on the season that was with a Best of 2012.

Each day a new category will be available to vote on by fans. The polls will be open throughout the week and the final votes will be tabulated and announced on Monday, Dec. 17.

Thursday's category is "Best 'We-Fense' Play." For those not familiar with the category, "We-Fense" is the term Vanderbilt's staff uses for special teams. After sorting through a host of outstanding plays, we have narrowed it down to nine plays to vote on.

Monday: Best Uniform Combination
Tuesday: Best Offensive Play
Wednesday: Best Defensive Play
Thursday: Best "We-Fense" Play
Friday: Best of the Rest

Best "We-Fense" Play

Richard Kent Goes Coffin-Corner on 62-Yard Punt at Georgia
Talk about pin-point accuracy. With Vanderbilt pinned back at its own 37-yard line, punter Richard Kent boomed a perfectly placed 62-yard punt toward the right corner of the field. Georgia's punt returner drifted back and fielded the punt at the 1-yard line and returned it just three yards before being wrestled down. Watch

Carey Spear Pooch Punt is Downed at 2-Yard Line at Missouri
Trailing 6-0 at Missouri, Vanderbilt's Carey Spear lined up for a 52-yard field goal try. However, instead of attempting what would have been a career-long kick, Spear took a direct snap and executed a perfect pooch punt that was downed at the 2-yard line by snapper Andrew East. Vanderbilt's defense would hold the Tigers on their next possession and force them to punt from the back of the end zone. On the punt attempt, the snap went through the punter's hands and out of the end zone for a safety. Watch

Wesley Tate Delivers a Crushing Hit on Auburn's Kickoff Returner
Following a go-ahead touchdown by Vanderbilt's Zac Stacy, fellow running back Wesley Tate set the tone for the defense on the ensuing kickoff when he leveled Auburn's Onterio McCalebb at the 15-yard line. Vanderbilt forced a three-and-out on the next series. Watch

Richard Kent Flips Field Position at Ole Miss
With Vanderbilt trailing Ole Miss, 16-3, just before the half, punter Richard Kent totally flipped the field and gave the Commodores a shot in the arm. Punting from Vanderbilt's own 34-yard line, Kent blasted a punt well over the head of the punt returner all the way to the 5-yard line where it was downed. Vanderbilt's defense forced a three-and-out and the Commodores cashed in just before the half when Carey Spear booted a 44-yard field goal as time expired, pulling Vanderbilt within 10. Watch

Carey Spear Provides a Lift Before Halftime at Ole Miss
Vanderbilt had a difficult time putting points on the board in the first half at Ole Miss, and kicker Carey Spear provided a much needed boot as time expired in the second quarter. Trailing 16-3 with seven seconds remaining in the half, Spear drilled a 44-yard field goal to pull the Commodores within 10, 16-6, at halftime. Watch

Carey Spear Levels Tennessee Returner
Carey Spear has a reputation for delivering bone-rattling hits on kick returns, and the most memorable one of them all came against Tennessee's Cardarrelle Patterson. With Vanderbilt leading 34-10 with less than two minutes to play in the third quarter, Spear put a massive hit on one of the SEC's most explosive players. Watch

Andrew Williamson's Blocked Punt & Casey Hughes' Recovery for Touchdown at Wake Forest
Vanderbilt's final knockout blow to Wake Forest may have come courtesy of Andrew Williamson and Casey Hughes. With Vanderbilt leading 28-7 at the start of the second half, Hughes bolted through Wake Forest's punt protection and blocked a punt that ended up bouncing into the end zone. Teammate Casey Hughes was there to recover the blocked punt for a touchdown.

Carey Spear Connects from 52 Yards Out at Wake Forest
Carey Spear set a career long with a 52-yard field goal at Wake Forest. Spear's kick was the longest by a Commodore since Steve Yenner boomed a 52-yarder against Louisiana Tech in 1995. Spear later added a 50-yard field goal against the Demon Deacons. Watch

Jonathan Krause Scores on an 83-Yard Punt Return at Wake Forest
Jonathan Krause zigged and zagged 83 yards to return a punt for a touchdown at Wake Forest. The 83-yard return was the longest by a Commodore since Alvin Duke took one back 88 yards against Alabama in 1996. The punt return for a touchdown was Krause's second of the year (UMass). Watch



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