Vanderbilt lost to a much improved Duke team on Saturday. Despite the bitter loss, two players distinguished themselves well for the Commodores.



#7 WR Sean Walker

On a day when the Commodore Offfense was as atrocious as atrocious can be the ht wt Senior stepped up when he had to. Trailing the mildly defensive Duke Blue Devils late in the game the Commodores needed a spark. Unfortunately for the Dores nothing up until this point had worked. It was time to throw one up and hope for the best. Fortunately for the Commodores the "best" reciever on the field this day was wearing black and gold. Sean walker showed his NFL speed and torched past the Duke defensive back and cradled in a beautiful deep ball and skipped into the end zone for the Commodores first and only TD on the day. The pass (the Commodores longest of the season I believe) was good for 79 yards and gave the home folks hope that the Commodores were finally awakening from their three quarter hibernation. Walker also gathered in a pass on the Commodores final drive good for a first down and more importantly keeping the fading hope alive. Sadly, all hope of another Commodore comeback was lost when Mackenzie Adams desperation pass toward the end zone was picked off. It also was intended for Sean Walker.


#42 DE Tim Fugger

I had to check out exactly who number 42 was during the Georgia game. Tim Fugger is a red shirt freshman who has been sidelined for a while with an injury. He has played on special teams but today he finally got major snaps with the defensive unit. It is very clear that we have a great defense but the addition of Tim Fugger makes this defense even better. Tim showed outstanding speed in being able to read the Duke offensive blocking scheme and take down Duke ball carriers. On one occasion I saw Tim scrape off a offensive tackle trail a back who was going the opposite direction, and tackle the ball carrier from behind. Excellent speed and solid tackling. This weeks defensive star was hard to decide. I think it could have gone to anyone of these guys. These guys have shown up every time they have taken the field. When we need a stop they are there. They are not at full strength (Speed and Bryant still are out Benoist still has a cast on his arm) but they make no excuses. This group just make stops and keep the Dores in ball games. I am so proud of these guys and you should be too.

The search for the elusive sixth win continues. I guess if it were easy it would not be worth looking for.


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