Vanderbilt’s pre-spring positional chart shows defensive scheme change already underway

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Vanderbilt’s pre-spring position chart gives us a glance of how they are planning to transition the 4-3 defensive scheme of the previous regime to a 3-4 defense this spring.

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Under new head coach Derek Mason and defensive coordinator David Kotoluski, the scheme change will be a focus this spring. Projected starting defensive ends Kyle Woestmann and Caleb Azubike are now outside linebackers. 2013 breakout linebacker Darreon Herring will move from outside to inside this spring, and redshirt freshman Oren Burks will become the new nickel, replacing departed senior Karl Butler.

Vanderbilt’s defense has been the backbone of continued success over the last few years under former coordinator Bob Shoop, now at Penn State.

One notable roster change is that receiver Carlos Burse, who figured to become a big contender to grab a starting job this spring, is not listed on the team’s positional chart.

Here’s a pre-spring look at the Commodores’ position chart:


Josh Grady
Patton Robinette
Johnny McCrary

Running Backs
Brian Kimbrow
Derek King
Jerron Seymour
Ralph Webb

Kellen Williams
Chris Martin
Joseph Hoffman

Wide Receivers
Trey Wilkins
Jordan Cunningham
Curtis Graves
Alex Grecco
Latevius Rayford
CJ Duncan
Gerald Perry
Nigel Walker
DeAndre Woods

Tight Ends
Steven Scheu
Dillon van der Wall
Nathan Marcus
Mack Weaver
Mitchell Parsons

Offensive Line
Andrew Bridges (OT)
Joe Townsend (C)
Jake Bernstein (OG)
Ryan Brockway (OT)
Spencer Pulley (C/OG)
Blake Fromang (OT)
Barrett Gouger (C/OG)
Will Holden (OG/OT)
Kevin McCoy (OG/OT)
Andrew Jelks (OT)
Delando Crooks (OG)
Sean Dowling (OT)


Defensive Line
Barron Dixon
Vince Taylor
Torey Agee
Ladarius Banks
Adam Butler
Jay Woods

Outside Linebackers
Andrew East
Casey Hughes
Kyle Woestmann
Caleb Azubike
Jimmy Stewart
Stephen Weatherly
Landon Stokes
Jonathan Wynn

Inside Linebackers
Darreon Herring
Jake Sealand
Harding Harper
Ja’karri Thomas
Nigel Bowden
Zach Cunningham

Oren Burks

Alex Hysong
Paris Head
Torren McGaster
Darrius Sims
Tre Bell
Taurean Ferguson

Josh Gregory
Jahmel McIntosh
Andrew Williamson
Dane Stubbs
Jalen Banks
Ryan White


Colby Cooke
David Holtgrave
Tommy Openshaw

Andrew East
Connor Morrison
Gaither Barker
Wilson Johnson
Jacob Schultz

Taylor Hudson
Colby Cooke
Tommy Openshaw

Kickoff Returners
Brian Kimbrow
Darrius Sims

Punt Returners
Jordan Cunningham
Darrius Sims
CJ Duncan

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