Three Commodores Named All-SEC Freshman

Three Commodore football players - offensive tackle Justin Geisinger, linebacker Pat Brunner and cornerback Lorenzo Parker - were named Thursday by Southeastern Conference coaches to the All-SEC Freshman Team.

Brunner, a Cincinnati native, started 10 games at inside linebacker for the Commodores.  Geisinger, from Pittsburgh, Pa., played the first nine games as Vanderbilt's starting left tackle. Parker, from Farmington Hills, Mich., started in the Commodores' secondary during the last seven games after Rushen Jones was injured.

Only Ole Miss (with four selections) placed more freshmen on the squad than Vanderbilt. It represented the most Commodores named to the team since 1998.

The All-SEC Freshman Team announcement came a day after three veteran Commodores - junior receiver Dan Stricker, senior tackle Pat Green and senior running back Lew Thomas - were named to the Coaches' All-SEC Second Team.

Brunner, a product of the same Cincinnati high school as Stricker, was the team's fifth- leading tackler with 59 stops.  He had a personal high of 13 tackles in the Commodores' win over Richmond.

Geisinger was a pleasant surprise on the offensive line.  Half of the Commodores' 22 sacks allowed came in the final three games when Geisinger was out with a fractured ankle.  VU line coach Bill Laveroni said Geisinger improved more than any freshmen lineman he has coached.

Though Parker did not enter the Vanderbilt lineup until midway through the season, he finished the year as the secondary's third-leading tackler with
35 tackles. He also had an interception and fumble recovery.

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