Inside the numbers: Vanderbilt bye week
The Vanderbilt Commodores (2-5) enter their first bye week of the 2014 season. Here’s a look inside the numbers for the Commodores through seven games.
422: Ralph Webb leads Vanderbilt with 555 rushing yards and a touchdown on 122 attempts, ranking No. 7 in SEC rushing leaders. The redshirt freshman is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and 79.3 yards per game. Webb has been the feature back in Vanderbilt’s offense this season and is one of the few consistent bright spots on a struggling offense.
419: Darrius Sims’ 489 all-purpose yards total is second only to Webb’s 574. Sims single-handedly kept Vanderbilt in striking distance during his last two games with returns for touchdowns. His three touchdowns are the most by any individual player on the Commodores’ roster.
-6: Vanderbilt’s turnover margin. The Commodores have turned the ball over 16 times this season and have forced ten. Oddly enough, most of Vandy’s first few scores were off turnovers, including a fumble return by Oren Burks to give the Commodores their only score of a 37-7 opening game blowout to Temple. Vanderbilt must cut down on offensive lapses in order to turn around its season.
9: Vanderbilt has made nine different quarterback changes, with all four quarterbacks making multiple appearances throughout the season. Johnny McCrary was the last quarterback to see snaps in the Commodores 21-20 win over Charleston Southern. With Patton Robinette, Wade Freebeck and Stephen Rivers all facing injuries, the Commodores’ bye week couldn’t come at a better time.
150-61: Vanderbilt has been outscored 150-61 by SEC opponents. The Commodores have already suffered losses to Ole Miss, South Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia and face upcoming games at Missouri, vs. Florida at Mississippi State and vs. Tennessee. Vanderbilt has looked outmatched in every SEC contest this season and must improve against rival competition moving forward.