J2M presents his Vanderbilt most valuable players for the Vanderbilt-Miami (Ohio) game. This week Jonathan Goff, Earl Bennett and the entire Commodore defense are honored.
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#10 WR Earl Bennett
At the 13:34 mark of the first quarter Earl Bennett made history. Earl made a tough catch on a low pass from quarterback Mackenzi Adams
and became the new SEC receptions leader in just his junior year. Earl finished the day with 8 catches for 85 yards. I found it strange that on a day when the Commodore offense was limited due to injuries I still ended up watching Earl most of the day. It wasn't so much for his receiving accomplishments (Chris Nickson
in relief of the injured Adams, didn't attempt a pass that I recall) but more for his ability to block consistently well for ball carriers. Earl truly is a complete player.
The Entire Commodore Defense
The Commodore Defense as a unit held Miami Ohio to just 238 yards of total offense. Miami ran the ball 26 times for just 27 yards. This marks the fourth time this season that the Commodore Defense has held an opponent under the 300 yard mark. Saturday the Redhawks had numerous opportunities to climb back into the game or to establish momentum and each time they were turned away by what can now be described as one of the best defenses in the SEC.
#47 MLB Jonathan Goff
Goff is a beast that knows no limits. Saturday Goff posted his third double digit tackle performance of the season registering eleven total tackles with one sack and two tackles for loss.
Up next the Commodores (5-3) return to the scene of the crime and take on the Florida Gators. I think we all remember the Rick Loumiet ROBBERY from the last trip and some justice is in order.
Photos copyright 2007 Stan Jones for VandyMania.com