Tribute to Vanderbilt's Brandon Barden

Nine Vanderbilt seniors make up the first class to ever play in two bowl games during their Commodore careers. Leading up to the Liberty Bowl, VandyMania.com will look back on each senior's career. In this segment Brandon Barden is featured.

THE BASICS:

Brandon Barden

Hometown: Lincolnton, Ga.

High school: Lincoln County

Position: TE

HT: 6-5 WT: 246

Transfered to VU from Virginia Tech.

OVERVIEW:

Barden originally signed with Virginia Tech and attended that school briefly during his freshman year. However, after the tragic shootings a few years ago, he was allowed to transfer without penalty to Vanderbilt. It's very possible that if Barden hadn't transferred to Nashville that the long Vandy bowl less drought would have been extended to this season. You see, Barden has a knack for making big catches. In 2008 Vanderbilt lost its starting tight end (Austin Monahan) to injury and the redshirt freshman Barden was thrust into the starting role. Although the coaching staff continued to harp on his blocking, Barden more than delivered in the catch department making 28 receptions that season including game changing touchdown catches in against Auburn, Kentucky and South Carolina. Barden, who has improved his blocking in 2011, made a play during the Wake Forest game that Vanderbilt fans will never forget.

BEST MOMENT:

At Commodore nemesis Wake Forest Barden caught a pass near the sideline and took off down field. He leaped over a defender and continued running toward the end zone before stiff arming another Wake defender before scoring on a 73-yard play. The play was recently voted Vanderbilt fans as the most exciting of the 2011 Vanderbilt season.

MEMORABLE QUOTE:

"I think we needed a new start; the last two years haven't gone really well. The new staff has done really well putting us in position to win football games. Once we get through this camp I think we'll have a good season." Barden on August 5, 2011.

HONORS:

2010: 2nd Team All-SEC (AP) 2008: SEC All-Freshman; Freshman All America.

CAREER STATS:

Catches: 104
Receiving yards: 1,214
TD receptions: 9

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