The Commodores (6-6, 3-5 SEC) are attempting to post their first winning season since 2013 when they defeated Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl to finish 9-4. Vanderbilt is a 4-point favorite in the Texas Bowl and ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives the Commodores a 55.4-percent chance to win.
Here are a few Vanderbilt players to watch:
Quarterback Kyle Shurmer finished his final regular season with 2,844 passing yards and 23 touchdowns. The 6-4, 225 senior from Philadelphia went sixth for passing efficiency and eighth offensive overall in the Southeastern Conference. He had a career high of 31 completions against Tennessee and was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week. He will be approaching several school records heading into the bowl game. Shurmer needs 119 passing yards, 7 attempts, and 7 completions to become a Vanderbilt all-time leader.
Running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn has been the most productive rusher for Vanderbilt in the 2018 season. The 5-10, 215 junior from Nashville transferred from University of Illinois where he had 8 career starts. Vaughn finished the season with just over 1,000 rushing yards and led the SEC with an average 7 yards per carry. He ran for 10 touchdowns and caught 2 more.
Wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb had 81 receptions for 886 yards and 9 TDs. The 6-1, 200 receiver from New Orleans is second in the conference for receptions per game and posted 73.8 yards per game. Lipscomb had a career high against Tennessee with 174 yards, including a 68-yard reception.
Linebacker Jordan Griffin had his best career season this fall for the Commodores. The 6-0, 223 senior from Tampa, FL is ranked fourth in the SEC in tackles with 110 overall. He tied his career high of 18 tackles against Kentucky and Florida in October.