Over the next week, CommodoresDaily.com will present you it's MVP awards for the top players, top position groups and best coaches of the 2016 season, There were a lot of up's and down's over the year but in the end, postseason play was attained. The future could be bright on West End as several players from both sides of the ball are set to return next season. As of now, the entire coaching staff is expected to return which is major positive for the team's progression. There is a good bit to be excited about for 2017 but let's look back at 2016 to see who were the best of the best for the Commodores.
*Ralph Webb - (Jr) Running Back*
- Vanderbilt does not go to the Camping World Independence Bowl without Ralph Webb and it's an honor to know that he will be running behind the Commodores offensive line yet again in 2017. Webb became Vanderbilt's all time leading rusher in the Dores home win over Ole Miss (3,143). He then broke the single season rushing record in the Commodores bowl loss to NC State (1,283). Webb produced 13 touchdown's on the season and was a reliable pass receiver and a very serviceable pass blocker. The junior running back was the go to guy, regardless of position. When Vanderbilt needed a first down or a big run to crack the game open, Webb answered the call. Even when he was injured in the Dores road loss to Kentucky, Webb continued playing, trying to give everything he had. Vanderbilt needed Webb down the stretch to find postseason. A record of 4-6 with home games against quality SEC opponents in Ole Miss and Tennessee upcoming, Vanderbilt needed Webb and he showed up. The second team All-SEC back rushed for 237 yards and five touchdowns against the Rebels and Vols, which helped place the Dores as bowl qualifiers.
Webb was and still is the heart and soul of this football team. He played his heart out all season to help his football team reach a bowl game and that happened. Having Webb return for his senior season is massive news for the Commodores. The team leader returning for his last go around to help the team reach bigger heights and help the growth of the overall team is big for the maturation of this program. Webb is the clear cut winner for this award and it could be hard pressed to find anyone to take it away from him next season.
The senior tackle earned 2nd team All-SEC and was the most consistent lineman for the Dores all season. He did an admirable job of manning the left tackle position and might have earned himself a shot in the NFL
This may come as a bit of surprise to some but the Clarksville area sophomore guard had a stellar season locking down the right guard position and becoming the Commodores best run blocker on the team. He does a great job at getting to the second level and understanding his assignments. His future on the offensive line is very bright.