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    College Football in the Music City

    College Football in the Music City: Vanderbilt Commodores



    The college football playoff has got me itching to do another NCAA Football chise, and my interest in that game has restarted again. So, I'm here to start another chise. Hopefully I can keep this one running for a while. I chose Vanderbilt because they had a really rough season this year, and they play in a very tough conference. I also considered Colorado, who also went winless in conference play this year, but the Pac-12 has one more conference game than the SEC and I like the idea of four non-conference games. Anyways, here we go!

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    Game: NCAA Football 14
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    Redshirting: Only freshmen will be redshirted, but I can redshirt as many freshman as I see fit (most likely only those that won't get significant playing time). I can not sign more players than I have seniors graduating. Example: if I have 20 seniors graduating, I can sign up to 20 players.

    Recruiting: I can only recruit players with initial interest in me, with some exceptions. Exceptions being if I am in need at a certain position and there is no one interested. But only if I am in need at that position as designated by the game.

    Transfers/Players leaving: All players that want to transfer out will be allowed, and all players that want to transfer in will be accepted. I can attempt to stop true juniors or redshirt sophomores from leaving for the draft, but redshirt juniors will be allowed to enter the draft.

    Cuts: I cannot cut seniors. I will only cut players that will see little to no playing time, and unless I have to get down under the roster limit, only players that have already been redshirted will be cut. Those players would be redshirted instead of cut.

    I may think of something more later.
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    Team History

    All-time record: 589–600–50 (.496)
    Bowl Game record: 4–2–1 (.643)
    Conference titles: 14 (12 SIAA, 2 SoCon, 0 SEC)
    Consensus All-Americans: 6

    Rivalries

    Ole Miss

    All-Time Series: Ole Miss leads, 50–38–2
    Last Meeting: 27–16 Ole Miss (2015)
    Next Meeting: 2016

    Georgia

    All-Time Series: Georgia leads, 55–19–2
    Last Meeting: 31–14 Georgia (2015)
    Next Meeting: 2016

    Kentucky

    All-Time Series: Tied, 42–42–4
    Last Meeting: 21–17 Vanderbilt (2015)
    Next Meeting: 2016

    Tennessee

    All-Time Series: Tennessee leads, 75–30–5
    Last Meeting: 53–28 Tennessee (2015)
    Next Meeting: 2016
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    2016 Coaching Staff



    Derek Mason, Head Coach

    Derek Mason enters his third season in charge of the Commodores with the program headed in the right direction, on and off the field.

    Led by an attacking defense, Mason's Commodores showed plenty of improvement on the field last year, notching conference wins against Missouri and Kentucky en route to a fourth place finish in the SEC East. Following the season, Mason successfully revamped his staff with very accomplished coaches while attracting another outstanding signing class.

    In 2015, Mason demonstrated his skills as one of the college football's leading defensive minds by becoming his own defensive coordinator. The results were staggering – Vanderbilt's defense ranked among the nation's most improved, finishing among the NCAA Top 30 in scoring defense, total defense, first downs allowed, red zone defense and third-down efficiency.

    Mason has strengthened the Commodore coaching staff since arriving on campus. After the 2014 season, he lured highly regarded offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and head strength James Dobson, along with two impressive young staffers in secondary coach Marc Mattioli and wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton. After the 2015 campaign, Mason continued to develop the staff, hiring veterans Jeff Genyk as special teams coordinator/running backs coach, Cameron Norcross as offensive line coach and Osia Lewis as outside linebackers. Mason has also brought rising stars C.J. Ah You and Chris Marve to mentor the defensive line and inside linebackers, respectively.

    The changes helped Mason improve the Commodores to 4-8 in 2015, and guiding a squad that most keen observers see as continuing to progress in 2016.

    In February, Mason welcomed a 20-player signing class that featured 18 three-star prospects according to national recruiting pundits.

    Away from the football field, Mason's Commodores are witnessing plenty of recognition. The Commodores were co-recipients of the 2015 Academic Achievement Award, given annually for graduation success by the American Football Coaches Association and Memphis Touchdown Club. Three former football players were accepted into Vanderbilt Medical School last year. The team had 80 SEC Academic Honor Roll recipients and more than 40 Dean's List honorees in the last two calendar school years, and is recognized as a SEC and national leader in the SEC in its Academic Progress Rate (APR) graduation scores.

    Mason has also worked to create a summer internship program for Commodore student-athletes that is one of the most innovative in the nation.

    The personable Mason also continues to be actively involved in the Middle Tennessee community, contributing to several local and university causes, while making appearances at various social and sporting events.

    Mason became Vanderbilt's 28th head coach in January 2014, coming to Nashville after serving as associate head coach and Willie Shaw Director of Defense for the 2013 Pacific-12 champion Stanford Cardinal.

    "I am so excited to be at Vanderbilt," Mason said at the time he was hired. "This university combines the best of what's good about college athletics and academics. We expect to be competitive and look forward to competing for an SEC East crown."

    Mason was defensive coordinator at Stanford since 2011, helping take the Cardinal to Rose Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014, and consecutive Pac-12 titles with one of the nation's top defensive units. Under Mason, the Cardinal ranked among the NCAA national Top 15 in defensive efficiency for three consecutive years.

    While facing seven ranked opponents and one of the nation's toughest schedules in 2013, Mason's defense ranked third in the NCAA in rushing defense (89.4 yards), 10th in scoring defense (19.0 points) and 16th in total offense (343.1 yards).

    The Cardinal was one of only five teams last year to allow less than 100 rushing yards per game. The team was also among the best nationally in producing stops for negative yardage, ranking fifth with 44 sacks and seventh with 109 tackles for loss. The defense was also superb on third downs, holding opponents to a 32 percent conversion rate.

    Off the field, the Cardinal ranks among the nation's best with a football graduation rate of 95 percent. Like Vanderbilt, Stanford ranks among the nation's elite academic universities.

    In 2012, Mason was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach, after directing a defense that ranks among the best in the nation and finest in Stanford history. The 2012 unit broke Stanford's single season record for quarterback sacks and topped the Pac-12 in numerous categories, including scoring defense and total defense, helping the Cardinal to a 11-2 season capped off with a Rose Bowl crown.

    Mason's leadership paved the way to a historic defensive output in 2012, breaking Stanford's single-season sacks record (57) and pacing the Pac-12 in scoring defense (17.2 points), total defense (336.2 yards) and rushing defense (97.0 yards). In 11 of 14 games in 2012, Stanford held its opponent to 20 or fewer points, including a 14-point effort in the overtime win at top-ranked Oregon, who led the FBS with a 54.8 scoring average.

    The 2012 Stanford defense held eight of 13 opponents under 100 yards rushing, and in a string of three consecutive games, the Cardinal recorded three of its top-10, single-game rushing defense performances in school history.

    In 2011, Mason's first year as co-defensive coordinator, he teamed with Jason Tarver to mold Stanford into one of the Pac-12's top defensive units. That season, the unit ranked either first or second in the Pac-12 in six defensive categories, including rushing defense, third-down conversion defense, scoring defense, total defense, sacks and opponent first downs. Stanford finished third nationally in rushing defense. Mason joined the Cardinal staff in 2010, serving as secondary coach under then-Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. Mason's 2010 secondary, which featured three players now in the NFL, was one of the team's most improved units, posting 18 interceptions.

    At Stanford, Mason helped develop an array of Cardinal defensive standouts, including All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman of the world champion Seattle Seahawks, All-America defensive end Trent Murphy, All-America linebacker Shayne Skov, and All-Pacific 12 safety Ed Reynolds.

    Prior to his arrival in Palo Alto, Mason served as an assistant defensive backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings from 2007 to 2009, playing a vital role in the team ranking sixth in total defense in 2008 and 2009 as the Vikings won NFC North titles each season. Mason was introduced to the NFL coaching circles through the Minority Fellowship program in 1996 with the St. Louis Rams and also spent time with the coaching staffs of the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders. He joined the Vikings staff in 2007, where he worked with defensive backs coach Joe Woods.

    Before joining the Vikings, Mason tutored wide receivers at Ohio University under head coach Frank Solich, helping the Bobcats improve from 4-7 in 2005 to a 9-5 campaign the following year that ended with an appearance in the GMAC Bowl. Mason spent the 2004 season as the wide receivers coach at New Mexico State, where he helped the Aggies lead the conference in passing.

    During the 2002 campaign, Mason mentored the receivers and assisted with the special teams at Utah. The Utes also featured the NFL Draft's No. 1 overall pick in quarterback Alex Smith and eventual 7th round pick receiver Paris Warren.

    Mason's move to Utah came after a three-year stint at Bucknell (1999-2001) in which he gained his first experience as a defensive assistant coach. At Bucknell, Mason served as defensive backs mentor for three straight winning Bison squads.

    Mason's first three collegiate positions came as an offensive assistant at Mesa Community College (in 1994), Weber State (1995-96) and Idaho State (1997-98).

    As a player, Mason was a two-year starter and four-year letterwinner at Northern Arizona. He was recruited to the university by Head Coach Larry Kentera, the grandfather of recent Vanderbilt receiver Kris Kentera.

    During his NAU career, Mason was influenced by several outstanding coaches, including Kentera, Kansas City head coach Andy Reid, former Minnesota head coach Brad Childress, Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhingweg, former Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe, and former UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell.

    Mason earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona in 1993.

    A native of Phoenix, Mason attended Camelback High School.

    Derek and his wife, LeighAnne, have two daughters, Makenzie, 18, and Sydney, 16.



    Andy Ludwig, Offensive Coordinator

    Andy Ludwig, regarded among the leading college offensive coordinators in America, enters his second year on the Vanderbilt staff. In 2016, Ludwig will serve as the Commodores' tight ends coach in addition to handling coordinator duties.

    In his first year, Ludwig served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He managed a young signal calling corps that included freshman Kyle Shurmur, and a pair of sophomores in Johnny McCrary and Wade Freebeck. Collectively, the trio threw for 2,062 yards and 11 touchdowns.

    Ludwig's 2015 offense featured a breakout campaign by Ralph Webb, who established a new team sophomore record with 1,152 rushing yards, the second highest single-season total in program history. Sophomore wide receiver Trent Sherfield also produced 51 catches for 659 yards.

    Ludwig joined Vanderbilt's staff after two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin, where the Badgers set numerous offensive records. A coaching veteran with 28 years of experience, Ludwig's coaching career also includes stops as offensive coordinator at San Diego State (2011-12), Cal (2009-10), Utah (2005-08), Oregon (2002-04) and Fresno State (1998-2001).

    Ludwig helped rewrite the Wisconsin record book as the Badgers tallied two of the three highest offensive outputs in school history en route to a 20-7 overall record and consecutive Jan. 1 postseason bowl appearances. The 2013 Wisconsin offense averaged a school-record 480.8 yards per game (6,251 yards in 13 games), while averaging the third-most points in school history (34.8 points per game). The 2014 squad nearly matched those totals, averaging 34.6 points and 468.9 total yards.

    Ludwig's Wisconsin offenses were led by running back Melvin Gordon, a 2014 Heisman Trophy finalist and consensus first-team All-America. Gordon rushed for 2,587 yards in 2014, establishing the second highest single-season rushing total in NCAA FBS history. Gordon capped the season with a 251-yard performance in Wisconsin's 34-31 overtime victory over Auburn in the Outback Bowl. Gordon also paced all NCAA FBS backs with 29 rushing touchdowns and briefly held the NCAA single-game rushing record after a 408-yard effort in a November win over Nebraska.

    Behind Gordon, the powerful Badger rushing attack also set school records two years in a row. The 2014 Badgers amassed a school -record 4,482 rushing yards in 14 games, breaking a record established in 2013 with Wisconsin rushed for 3,689 yards in 13 games. The Badgers also averaged 320.1 rushing yards in 2014, ranking third in the NCAA behind triple-option teams Georgia Tech and Navy.

    Nationally, the Badgers ranked 21st (468.9 yards per game) in total offense and 26th in scoring offense (34.6 points per game). The team's ball-controlling ground attack helped Wisconsin rank sixth nationally in time of possession in 2014.

    Wisconsin was one of just four FBS teams to amass 3,500 rushing yards and 2,500 passing yards during the 2013 season, joining Oregon, Northern Illinois and Ohio State.

 With senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis racking up 1,081 receiving yards and the running back duo of Gordon (1,609 yards) and senior James White (1,444 yards), Wisconsin was the lone team in the nation to boast two 1,000-yard rushers and a 1,000-yard receiver in 2013.

 Gordon and White combined to rush for 3,053 yards, breaking the single-season FBS record for rushing yards by teammates and becoming the first teammate duo in FBS history to each rush for 1,400 yards in a season. 



    Behind the running of Gordon, White and freshman Corey Clement, Ludwig's 2013 offense set a school record for rushing yards in a season with 3,689. UW's rushing attack also proved to be the most efficient in Wisconsin history, shattering the school record by averaging 6.62 yards per carry -- a mark that ranked No. 2 nationally. Gordon led the charge, averaging a nation-leading 7.8 rushing yards per attempt.



    Between Gordon, White and Clement, the Badgers posted 20 100-yard rushing performances, the most in school history and the most of any FBS team in 2013.

 Abbrederis, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 2014 NFL Draft, was the main beneficiary of UW's passing attack and hauled in a school-record 78 passes for 1,081 yards in his final season at UW. For his career that saw him become the second-most prolific receiver in Wisconsin history with 3,140 receiving yards, Abbrederis was named the recipient of the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy as the nation's top player that began his career as a walk-on.

    

Abbrederis joined White, who was selected by the New England Patriots, as players from Ludwig's offense to be picked in the 2014 NFL Draft. In addition, OL Ryan Groy (Chicago), TE Jacob Pedersen (Atlanta) and TE Brian Wozniak (Atlanta) signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents. 

Anchoring the Badgers' offensive line, Groy earned third-team All-America honors as a senior and was one of eight offensive players to be named All-Big Ten.



    In his first season under Ludwig's direction, starting Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave threw for 22 touchdown passes, the second-highest total in school history. His 208 completions were the third-most ever by a Badgers quarterback, while his 2,494 passing yards set a school record for the most by a sophomore and the fifth-most overall in UW annals. Stave completed 61.9 percent of his passes for the season and ranks No. 4 all-time at UW for career pass efficiency rating at 140.8. 

Overall, UW's explosive offense ranked second in the country with 15 plays of 50-plus yards, with the Badgers scoring on 10 of those home-run plays. However, despite the ability to quickly move the ball with those big plays, Wisconsin continued its tradition of controlling the ball and ranked fourth nationally in time of possession.

    Prior to joining Wisconsin, Ludwig spent the 2011-12 seasons at San Diego State.
 
In 2012, the Aztecs went 9-4, including 7-1 in the Mountain West Conference. The SDSU offense averaged 32.9 points per game and ranked 20th in the nation in rushing, with 220.7 average yards per game. Aztecs junior tight end Gavin Escobar was a Mackey Award semifinalist while sophomore running back Adam Muema ran for 1,458 yards.

 In 2011, San Diego State averaged 427.4 yards per game. Running back Ronnie Hillman ranked fourth nationally in rushing (1,711 yards) and was selected in the third round of the NFL draft. Quarterback Ryan Lindley, who finished his career among the top 15 in FBS history in career passing yards, was a sixth-round draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals.



    Ludwig completed his 20th year as an offensive coordinator at the NCAA level in 2014. His teams have been to 15 bowl games with nine bids in the past decade. Prior to his years at San Diego State, Ludwig served as the offensive coordinator at California (2009-10), Utah (2005-08), Oregon (2002-04), Fresno State (1998-01), Cal Poly (1997) and Augustana (1993-94).

    

Ludwig helped Utah go to four consecutive bowl games, including a 2009 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, as the Utes finished 13-0 with a No. 2 national ranking. That season, he was named a finalist for the FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year after Utah put up 36.9 points per game. In 2005, the Utes led the MWC in total offense and ranked 12th nationally at 473.0 yards per game.



    While at Oregon, Ludwig tutored quarterback Kellen Clemens, who threw for 2,390 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore. Wideout Samie Parker also set a school record for most receptions in a season with 77 in 2003 and finished his Ducks career as the school's all-time career leader in catches and yardage. Running backs Onterrio Smith and Terrence Whitehead both posted 1,000-yard rushing campaigns during Ludwig's stay in Eugene.



    Ludwig was also a finalist for the 2001 Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year Award after Fresno State finished fourth in the nation in both scoring (40.0 ppg.) and total offense (501.6 ypg.). The Bulldogs also became the first school in NCAA history to feature a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in a single season. That Fresno team featured Heisman Trophy finalist and 2002 NFL Draft No. 1 pick David Carr.



    Besides his offensive coordinator experience, Ludwig has spent time at Boise State (quarterbacks coach, 1995-96), Utah (defensive graduate assistant, 1992), Idaho State (quarterbacks/receivers, 1989-91) and Portland State (receivers, 1987-88).



    Ludwig played two seasons as a wide receiver at Snow College in Utah (1982-83) before earning a pair of letters at Portland State (1985-86), where he graduated in 1988 with a degree in exercise science.



    Ludwig and his wife, Jill, have a son, Joe, and a daughter, Delaney.

    Ludwig Coaching Career
    2016 - Vanderbilt - Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach
    2015 - Vanderbilt - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
    2013-14 - Wisconsin - Offensive CoordinatorQuarterbacks Coach
    2011-12 - San Diego State - Offensive Coordinator
    2009-10 - California - Offensive Coordinator
    2005-08 - Utah - Offensive Coordinator
    2002-04 - Oregon - Offensive Coordinator
    1998-2001 - Fresno State - Offensive Coordinator
    1997 - Cal Poly - Offensive Coordinator
    1995-96 - Boise State - Quarterbacks Coach
    1993-94 - Augustana (S.D.) - Offensive Coordinator
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