J2M presents his Vanderbilt most valuable players for the Vanderbilt-South Carolina game. This week D.J. Moore, Mackenzi Adams, Justin Wheeler and Ryan Hamilton are honored.
#6 SOUTH CAROLINA 6
CB/WO/KR #17 D.J. "THE BAND" Moore
was mentioned after the Ole Miss
game by Coach Johnson. Coach stated that D.J. could best summed up by saying "when D.J. is around the ball somebody's band is going to play." Saturday in Columbia the Gamecock faithful got real familiar with "Dynamite" due to the play of Moore, the dominant kick returner/cornerback/wide out. Moore delivered two big interceptions one of which Moore intercepted in the end zone. Moore finished this game with eight total tackles and two interceptions. "The Band" also contributed on special teams with a total of 102 return yards. On offense Moore was stopped for a two-yard loss on a carry. I heard on the post game wrap up that Moore was going to throw on the play but the receiver was covered. I guess we will have to wait a week or two to see just what kind of arm "the band" has.
QB #9 Mackenzi Adams
Mac entered his first career start facing the daunting task of trying to beat the sixth ranked team in the country on their own field. Mission accepted and completed. Mac did a brilliant job of managing the Commodore offense and limiting mistakes. In the process of guiding the 'Dores Mac managed to complete eight of sixteen passes with just one interception. Mac also led the Commodores in rushing with 88 yards on the ground. If Mac wanted to send a message, I heard it loud and clear.
These two young guns helped aid their units in ways that directly led to the win in South Carolina
. Justin Wheeler, a red shirt sophomore, contributed with what I think was his first touchdown of the year. Ryan Hamilton, another gifted RS sophomore, was instrumental in keeping the Gamecock quarterbacks frustrated. Hamilton registered six tackles from his safety spot including a big sack for a four yard loss. Hamilton also recovered a fumble.