5 best Vanderbilt players in 2014
The Vanderbilt Commodores finished 3-9 (0-8 SEC) in Derek Mason’s first season as head coach. Despite the team’s struggles, the Commodores saw solid performances from several players who enjoyed impressive individual seasons.
Here’s a look at Vanderbilt’s best players in 2014.
1. Ralph Webb, RB: Ralph Webb was the Commodores’ most consistent offensive player in 2014. He set a school freshman rushing record with 907 yards. However, Vanderbilt’s other backs struggled, ranking No. 112 overall in rushing offense. Webb proved to be one of the few bright spots on an otherwise lackluster offense that couldn’t provide a solid passing attack to take pressure off the running game.
2. Nigel Bowden, LB: Redshirt freshman Nigel Bowden led Vanderbilt with 78 tackles and averaged 7.1 per game. Bowden was a dominant force for a young Commodores defense, but battled injuries late in the season. The Macon, Ga., native should continue his development as a sophomore and add to his impressive totals next season.
3. Torren McGaster, DB: McGaster excelled in several areas for the Vanderbilt defense. The sophomore was a do-everything player in the Vanderbilt secondary, finishing third in tackles with 66 and tying for a team-best two interceptions. McGaster also provided 3.5 tackles for loss, appearing in every game for the Commodores.
4. Stephen Scheu, TE: Scheu was the Vanderbilt most productive pass catcher in 2014. The junior led with 525 yards and four touchdowns on 39 catches. Even more impressive was Scheu’s output despite the a lack of stability at quarterback. Vanderbilt started all four quarterbacks and made more than 10 changes throughout the season.
5. Stephen Weatherly, LB: Weatherly provided the Vanderbilt defense with its best pass rushing threat. The sophomore led in both sacks (4.5) and tackles for loss (12.5) in 2014. Weatherly added 55 tackles and averaged 4.6 per game.