Ryan Hamilton (RS) safety- Hamilton saw significant action as a safety. The Pennsylvania native had 1 assisted and 1 unassisted tackle.
Darlron Spead (RS) cornerback- Spead had 2 unassisted tackles. In the second half Spead broke up a pass that he could have easily intercepted.
D.J. Moore (True) cornerback- Moore excelled on special teams. He almost caused a turnover in the first half but was called for a controversial penalty.
Alex Washington (RS) kick returner- Washington was a pleasant surprise as a returner. Displaying lightning speed, he had 4 returns for a total of 91 yards including a long of 34 yards. He looks like he'll break at least one for long touchdown run this season.
Patrick Benoist (T) linebacker- Benoist served as a backup linebacker and had 1 unassisted tackle.
Jared Hawkins (RS) tailback- Hawkins had a couple of option carries in the second half. The speedy Texan had 2 carries for 18 yards including a long gain of 11 yards.
Chris Johnson (RS) linebacker- Johnson had 1 unassisted tackle on a punt return.
Brett Upson (T) punter- Upson's fine performance at punter helped Vandy limit Michigan's great return game. He had 7 punts for a 37-yard average. He also had a 47 yarder. Upson showed good hang time as evidenced by the fact that only one of his punts was actually returned for positive yardage.
Upson's Punts Punted Punt Spotted From Distance at Return M43 30 M13 0 V31 38 M31 0 V03 39 V42 -2 V26 47 M27 0 V36 37 M27 0 V13 37 50 +9 M44 26 M18 0
Other Vanderbilt freshmen who registered their first college game action on Saturday included Brent Trice (T) safety; Eric Hensley (RS) offensive line; Ryan Custer (RS) offensive line; Nick Miller (RS) long snapper; Justin Wheeler (RS) wide receiver; Matt Quin, long snapper; Jake Bradford (RS) tight end; Thomas Welch (RS) tight end; Steven Stone (RS) defensive end; Greg Billinger (T) defensive tackle.
Late Note: Mackenzi Adams (RS) also saw action in the Michigan game. He served as holder on Vanderbilt's lone extra point attempt. Adams snagged a high snap and may have salvaged a Vanderbilt point. Adam's name did not appear in the official Vanderbilt boxscore player participation list.