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Vanderbilt Spring Notes 2012 VANDERBILT Defense Ranked among NCAA Leaders

Commodores Improved in 2o11; Yet 2012 Squad More Impressive

The 2012 Commodore WHere VANDERBILT DEFENSE RANKS defense ranked among Category Avg. NCAA SEC the finest in years on the Scoring Defense 18.7 15 5 Vanderbilt campus. Total Defense 333.9 19 5 The unit continued Pass Defense 191.8 14 3 to perform among the Def. Pass Efficiency 102.4 6 2 nation's elite for a second Tackles for Loss 97 12 2 straight year under coorThird-Down Efficiency 34% 25 5 dinator Bob Shoop, First Downs Allowed 18.2 21 4 The unit ranked among the NCAA Top 25 in numerous key categories. It was 15th in the nation in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 18.7 ppg., and 19th in total defense, holding foes to an average of 333.9 yards. The defense's 175.8-yard pass defense average ranked 14th nationally. The unit also ranked even higher nationally in other stat categories. The Commodores ranked sixth with a 102.4 defensive pass efficiency rating and 12th with 97 tackles for loss. Shoop's squad also performed Scoring Defense extremely well in third down situations. The team ranked No. 25 in the NCAA in Year Scoring Def. (Avg.) third down efficiency (34 percent) and 1974 16.6 1975 18.2 21st in first downs allowed (18.2 pg.). On 2012 18.7 the season, opponents have been limited 1997 18.5 to a quick 3-and-out possession on 31% 2008 19.6 of their drives. Team's top scoring defenses The 18.7-point scoring defense is since 1974 the lowest scoring average against the Commodores in 15 years.

Statistics show that James Franklin's 2011 squad was far superior to the 2010 Commodore Category 2012 Avg. 2011 Avg. Diff. edition. Those stats also Record 9-4 6-7 +3 reveal that Franklin's Scoring Offense 30.0 26.7 +3.3 Total Offense 379.7 339.1 +40.6 9-4 2012 team also Rushing Offense 166.3 164.5 +1.8 out-performed the 2011 Pass Offense 213.4 174.6 +38.8 Commodores. Pass Efficiency 138.9 110.8 +28.1 As Spring Practice Avg. Per Play Offense 5.6 5.2 +0.4 opens on campus, First Downs 18.9 17.2 +1.7 Franklin will be doing Scoring Defense 18.2 21.6 +3.4 his all to continue the Total Defense 333.9 322.8 -11.1 improvement trend. Rushing Defense 142.2 130.5 -11.7 Vanderbilt's threePass Defense 191.8 192.2 +.4 game improvement from Pass Efficiency Defense 102.7 110.7 +8.0 First Downs Allowed 18.2 18.0 -.2 2011 to 2012 is the most Net Punting 39.4 39.2 +0.2 obvious stat supporting Punt Returns 10.5 6.3 +4.2 the Commodores' 2012 Turnover Margin 0 +1 -1 improvement. In fact, the Time of Possession 30:11 29:53 +:18 '12 squad produced more Penalty Yards 44.9 50.2 +5.3 points, more total yards 3rd Down Conv. % (Off.) 34% 34% same and more first downs 3rd Down Conv. % (Def.) 34% 37% +4% on offense, and allowed QB Sacks 31 27 +4 fewer points on defense QB Sacks Allowed 24 27 +3 than their '11 counterparts. In 2012, Vanderbilt averaged 30.0 points, 3.3 more than in 2011. The 2012 team also averaged 40.6 more yards of offense: 38.8 passing and 1.8 rushing. The improved production allowed the 2012 Commodores to register 1.7 more first downs per game. The 2012 offense also is averaging 5.6 yards per play, a 0.3-yard improvement over 2011. On defense, the 2012 Commodores registered two shutouts for the first time in nearly 50 years and allowed 18.2 points per game, 3.4 points fewer than in 2011. The Commodores were improved in pass offense and pass defense in 2012. The offense's 138.9 pass efficiency rating last year was far superior to the 110.8 efficiency rating. Vanderbilt's pass efficiency on defense was 102.7 in 2012, eight points better than the previous year. The 2012 squad also has produced more sacks and allowed less sacks by opposing defenses. The 2012 team edition also was flagged for 5.3 fewer yards in penalties.

2012 Vanderbilt Offense RANKS AMONG PROGRAM's BEST EVER The 2012 Commodore offense ranked among the program's most potent units of the modern era. Coordinated by John Donovan, the offense produced 4,936 yards, the highest single-season total in modern history. The unit's average over 13 games was 379.7 yards, the highest yearly average since former SEC Offensive Player of the Year Jay Cutler was a senior quarterback in Vanderbilt's TOtal OFfense 2005. It ranks as the fourth highest Year Total Yardage YPG yearly total offense average since 1973 4,541 (11 games) 412.8 2005 4,352 (11 games) 395.6 the 1940s. 1987 4,329 (11 games) 393.5 For the first time since 1915, 2012 4,936 (13 games) 379.7 the Vanderbilt offense also tallied 1988 4,161 (11 games) 378.3 at least 40 points in five games. Most productive Commodore offenses The offense was extremely since World War II. balanced in 2012, getting 214.4 yards from the passing game and 166.3 yards on the rushing attack. Evidence of the balance is the Commodores have 114 rushing first downs and 109 passing first downs. The 2012 offense also was the first Vanderbilt unit ever to produce a 2,500-yard passer (Jordan Rodgers, 2,538 yards), 1,000-yard rusher (Zac Stacy, 1,141 yards) and 1,000-yard receiver (Jordan Matthews, 1,343 yards).

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2011-12 STAT COMPARISON

Vandy Staff: Fully Intact from 2012 Vanderbilt is the only Southeastern Conference program that will have its entire coaching staff intact from the 2012 season. It marks the first time since 2009 that the Commodore staff remained intact. Last year, Franklin added George Barlow and Josh Gattis as position coaches/assistant recruiting coordinators. Vanderbilt is one of nine schools from conferences affiliated with the BCS that will return intact staffs. The others are Baylor, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

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