Emotional win brings big man McKenzie to tears

As a barrel-chested, 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle, Ralph McKenzie is a hulking bear of a man. Yet as the final seconds ticked away in Vanderbilt's season-opening win over Wake Forest, the big lineman was suddenly, unexpectedly overcome by emotion. In this exclusive Q&A, he talks about the win over Wake Forest, and the challenge of stopping Arkansas' formidable rushing attack.
September 7, 2005

The Godfather of Vandy's defensive line

Defensive tackle Ralph McKenzie had one of his team's biggest defensive plays of the year vs. fourth-ranked Georgia, a sack of David Greene in the end zone that gave Vanderbilt a 2-0 lead. In this VandyMania interview, the gregarious 6-4, 300-pounder from Southfield, Mich. talks about playing defensive tackle, as well as his favorite movies of all time.
October 28, 2003

Views from the locker room

VandyMania talked to Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson, sophomore free safety Kelechi Ohanaja, senior punter Abtin Iranmanesh, and sophomore defensive tackle Ralph McKenzie in the press room immediately after Vanderbilt's 27-8 loss to Georgia.
October 18, 2003

Football: Thursday practice report

A four-series scrimmage at the end of Thursday's practice may have produced the most physical session this spring for the Commodores. The intensity picked up significantly during the final drive, which concluded with a competitive, hard-hitting goal line confrontation. After an ineffective start, the offense salvaged the session with a last-play touchdown. "They were trying out there, really working hard toward the end of practice. That's exactly what . . .
March 13, 2003