Two of Vanderbilt's football in-state commitments were honored Monday by the American General Corporation as "Mr. Football" award winners. Adam Smotherman of Smyrna High School was named the top lineman in the state of Tennessee in Class 5A, while Gaston Miller of Murfreesboro-Riverdale was named Back of the Year in Class 5A.
Miller (5-6, 155), who committed to the Commodores back in June, racked up 1,938 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns in a stellar senior season. His numbers could have been even better, as he was often pulled out of games early when Riverdale overwhelmed its opponents. He led Coach Gary Rankin's Warriors (13-1) to the state semifinals as a senior, to a state championship as a junior, and to state runner-up status as a sophomore.
The Warriors lost to Oak Ridge Friday to end a 28-game winning streak, but Miller closed his career with a 17-carry, 142-yard performance.
Smotherman (6-4, 260), who last February became Vanderbilt's first verbal commitment for the class of 2006, played on both sides of the line for Coach Philip Shadowens' Smyrna High School Bulldogs and led them to a 7-5 record and a playoff appearance in 2005. Smyrna was eliminated from the playoffs Nov. 11, oddly enough, by Miller and Riverdale.
Both players are expected to sign with Vanderbilt on National Signing Day, Feb. 1, 2006. For a complete list of Vanderbilt's football commitments, click here.