Vanderbilt head coach Clark Lea led the Commodores to a five-win season in 2022. It represented the team's highest victory total since 2018.
Tennessee RB Jabari Small (No. 2 pictured) makes Vanderbilt LB Anfernee Orji miss in the hole on a long touchdown run in the third quarter.
Tennessee RB Jabari Small runs for the second of his two touchdowns on the day as the Tennessee fans celebrate in the end zone. Small rushed for 83 yards (7.2 YPC) on the afternoon.
Vanderbilt punter Matt Hayball, an FAU transfer, finished the season averaging over 45 yards per punt. The team, however, allowed nearly 15 yards per punt return for the season, including 116 yards and one touchdown return in this contest.
Vanderbilt WR Will Sheppard attempts to get away from Tennessee defensive back Wesley Walker, who had eight tackles and 1.5 TFLs in this game. Sheppard finished the year with 60 receptions for 776 yards (12.9 YPR) and 9 TDs.
Tennessee WR Squirrel White (No. 10 pictured) attempts to elude Vanderbilt DB Jaylen Mahoney in space. White finished 2022 with 30 catches for 481 yards (16 YPR) and 2 TDs.
Tennessee DB Jaylen McCollough (58 tackles, 2 TFLs, 4 PBUs) is matched up one-on-one with Vanderbilt RB Ray Davis (1.042 yards, 4.5 YPC, 5 TDs) during Saturday's game.
Davis, who finished with 60 yards rushing on 21 carries, attempts to get by multiple Tennessee defenders.
Tennessee quarterback Joe Milton III finished the 2022 season with 10 touchdown passes (65%) and zero interceptions.
Tennessee freshman running back Dylan Sampson gets lifted into the air after an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the team's 56-0 victory.
On the way to a 2019 College World Series title, perhaps no player had more of an impact on the Vanderbilt Commodores run than Hickman. In fact, the former Pope John Paul II (Tenn.) star produced a knack for striking out batters down the stretch in 2019 and led into the early portion of 2020. After striking out 10 Michigan Wolverines in the Commodores CWS game-clinching victory, he began 2020 with a perfect 2-0 slate (0.48 ERA) through three starts. In back-to-back weekend outings versus Illinois-Chicago and Hawaii, Hickman struck out a combined 23 batters.
The Miami Marlins selected the 2019 SEC Player of the Year JJ Bleday with the fourth overall pick of the 2019 MLB Draft. Bleday currently leads the nation with 26 home runs in 2019 and sports a .327 career batting average through three seasons. The former San Diego Padres 39th round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft was a three-sport athlete at the prep level in golf, swimming and baseball. He projects as a corner outfielder in the Marlins organization.