Vanderbilt Football 2007: Defensive ends

We continue our 2007 positional analysis of the Vanderbilt Commodores today as we look at the defensive ends. This is part VIII of a multi-series previewing the 2007 Commodores.

89 Teriall Brannon 6-3 230 Fr.-RS Spartanburg, S.C./Broome
48 Curtis Gatewood 6-3 245 Sr.-3L Memphis, Tenn./White Station
93 David Leinweber 6-5 250 So.-SQ Bloomington Hills, Mich./Kingswood
94 Kikko Logan 6-2 230 Fr.-RS Elba, Ala./Elba
95 Sam Panke 6-1 230 Fr.-RS St. Louis, Mo./Watkins
89 Broderick Stewart 6-5 225 So.-1L Newnan, Ga./Riverside Military
96 Steven Stone 6-5 255 So.-1L Conway, Ark./Conway
44 David Whittington 6-2 250 Jr.-2L Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More
62 Robert Ashabranner 6-2 270 Fr. Beaumont, Texas/ Cathedral Christian
93 Theron Kadri 6-3 235 Fr. Brighton, Tenn /Brighton

Bold= projected starter

Even with the departure of Chris Booker one of the brightest spots on the defense could be at end. Curtis Gatewood returns as a starter after posting 7 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 36 solo tackles. Gatewood has received preseason accolades from several publications based upon his performance last season. His speed on the edge is comparable with any defensive end in the SEC.

Broderick Stewart (photo right) and Steven Stone (photo lower left) both contributed last year and saw action in every game. Stewart totaled 5 sacks and 19 tackles while Stone racked up 6.5 tackles for loss and 24 total tackles.

The staff will be looking to David Whittington, Teriall Brannon and Kikko Logan to provide some depth and will hopefully get some quality minutes from at least a couple of them. All three have been working hard to get their chance on the field. While overall depth is in question at end, there appears to be some untested talent ready to step up and compete.

Newcomers Robert Ashabranner and Theron Kadri hope to see some playing time during the 2007 season. Kadri has impressed the coaching staff during preseason drills and could see action. Ashabranner has a great future ahead of him at Vandy but will likely be redshirted.

Grade C+

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