2011 Vanderbilt Commodores football
Liberty Bowl vs. Cincinnati, L 24–31
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2011 record6–7 (2–6 SEC)
Head coachJames Franklin (1st year)
Offensive coordinatorJohn Donovan (1st year)
Offensive schemeWest Coast Offense
Defensive coordinatorBob Shoop (1st year)
Base defense4-3
Home stadiumVanderbilt Stadium
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#19 Georgia x   7 1         10 4  
#9 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Florida   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Western Division
#2 LSU x   8 0         13 1  
#1 Alabama   7 1         12 1  
#5 Arkansas   6 2         11 2  
Auburn   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   2 6         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 42, Georgia 10
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 9, 2012 • Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University during the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Commodores played their seven home games at Vanderbilt Stadium at Dudley Field in Nashville, Tennessee, which has been Vanderbilt football's home stadium since 1922.[1] The team's head coach was James Franklin, who was in his first year at Vanderbilt. Hired at Vanderbilt on December 17, 2010, he was previously the offensive coordinator and "head coach in waiting" at the University of Maryland.[2] Vanderbilt has been a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) since the league's inception in 1932, and has participated in the conference's Eastern Division since its formation for the 1992 season. Vanderbilt completed the 2011 regular season with an overall record of 6–6 and a mark of 2–6 in conference play, finishing in a tie with Kentucky for fourth place in the SEC East. They were invited to the Liberty Bowl where they were defeated by Cincinnati 24–31 to finish the season 6–7. 2011. The seniors on the 2011 Vanderbilt football team became the first class in program history to qualify for a bowl game twice. Vanderbilt had been to bowls in 1955 VS Aunurn, 1974 VS Texas Tech, 1982 VS Air Force, and 2008 VS Boston College.

Coaching changes[edit | edit source]

At the end of the 2010 season, head coach Robbie Caldwell resigned from Vanderbilt.[3] After a long nationwide coaching search, in which Gus Malzahn, Auburn's offensive coordinator, nearly accepted the job,[4] James Franklin was hired as the 27th head football coach at Vanderbilt University.[5] Franklin proceeded to hire John Donovan as the new offensive coordinator and Bob Shoop as the new defensive coordinator. Franklin also retained Herb Hand as offensive line coach from the previous Vanderbilt staff, and hired Chris Beatty from West Virginia, who had been Percy Harvin's high school coach, as the new wide receivers coach.[6]

Recruiting[edit | edit source]

On February 2, 2011, Franklin announced a football recruiting class of 21 athletes. The class has been hailed as one of the best in Vanderbilt football history,[7] especially because Vanderbilt was able to persuade several prospects from larger and nationally known schools, such as Lafonte Thourogood from Virginia Tech, Dillon Van der Wal from Arizona State, and Barron Dixon from Mississippi State.[8] Lafonte Thourogood and Dillon van der Wal were both rated as four star recruits by Scout.com.[9]

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In 2011 Vanderbilt introduced a new black helmet

Coaching staff[edit | edit source]

Name Position Years at VU
James Franklin Head Coach 0
John Donovan Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs Coach 0
Bob Shoop Defensive Coordinator / Safeties Coach 0
Charles Bankins Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Coach 0
Chris Beatty Wide Receivers Coach 0
Herb Hand Offensive Line Coach 2
Wesley McGriff Defensive Backs Coach 0
Ricky Rahne Quarterbacks Coach 0
Brent Pry Co-Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach 0
Sean Spencer Defensive Line Coach 0
Andy Frank Assistant Director of Football Operations 2
Jemal Griffin Football Chief of Staff 0
Ricky Rahne Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 0
Michael Hazel Director of Football Operations 2
Norval McKenzie Assistant Recruiting Coordinator 2
Joey Orck Offensive Graduate Assistant 2
Tom Bossung Head Athletic Trainer 12
Kevin Colon Associate Director of Student Athletics 0
Dwight Galt Football Strength and Conditioning Director 0
Chuck Losey Football Assistant Strength Coach 0
Kevin Threlkel Offensive Administrative Assistant 0
Luke Wyatt Head Equipment Manager 28

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Schedule[edit | edit source]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3* 6:30 p.m. Elon Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN CSS W 45–14   27,599
September 10* 6:30 p.m. Connecticut Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN CSS W 24–21   32,119
September 17 11:21 a.m. Ole Miss Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN (Rivalry) SECN W 30–7   34,579
September 24 6:00 p.m. at #12 South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN2 L 3–21   77,015
October 8 6:00 p.m. at #2 Alabama Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL ESPNU L 0–34   101,821
October 15 6:00 p.m. Georgia Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN FS South L 28–33   36,640
October 22*† 6:00 p.m. Army Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN ESPNU W 44–21   32,210
October 29 11:21 a.m. #8 Arkansas Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN SECN L 28–31   33,247
November 5 11:21 a.m. at Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL SECN L 21–26   90,144
November 12 11:21 a.m. Kentucky Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN SECN W 38–8   33,718
November 19 6:00 p.m. at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Rivalry) ESPNU L 21–27 OT  91,367
November 26* 2:30 p.m. at Wake Forest BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ESPNU W 41–7   28,020
December 31* 2:30 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) ABC L 24–31   57,103
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Game notes[edit | edit source]

Elon[edit | edit source]

This game marked the first meeting between these schools.

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Elon 0 7 7 0 14
Vanderbilt 7 14 3 21 45
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 6:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 27,599
  • Game weather: 97, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Mike Austin

Connecticut[edit | edit source]

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Connecticut Game

This was the third meeting between these schools. Vandy holds a one-game lead in the series at 2 wins to 1 loss.

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Connecticut 3 0 10 8 21
Vanderbilt 14 0 0 10 24
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 6:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:11
  • Game attendance: 32,119
  • Game weather: 80, Scattered Clouds
  • Referee: John McDaid

Mississippi[edit | edit source]

One of college football's oldest rivalries, Vanderbilt and Old Miss have played 85 times since 1894. Vandy won the first 19 of those games, and Ole Miss did not score in the first ten games. Vandy trails at 37–47–2 Vandy won last game 30–7.

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Mississippi 0 0 0 7 7
Vanderbilt 0 21 9 0 30
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 11:21 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 34,579
  • Game weather: 69, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Hubert Owens

South Carolina[edit | edit source]

Vandy first played USC in 1961, but they did not play each other again until 1992. They have played each year since, with Vandy losing the first seven games. Vandy trails the overall series 4–16, and USC has won the last two games. The score of the most recent game was 3–21 in favor of South Carolina.

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 3 0 0 0 3
#12 South Carolina 0 14 7 0 21
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:19
  • Game attendance: 77,015
  • Game weather: 79, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Marc Curles

Alabama[edit | edit source]

Vandy has played Alabama 78 times since 1903. Vandy won the first five games, but have only won ten more times since. Vandy trails the all-time series 15–59–4. Alabama has won the last 20 games (the 1993 games was forfeited). They last played in 2007, with the result a 10–24 Alabama win.

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 0 0 0 0
#2 Alabama 7 7 13 7 34
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:59
  • Game attendance: 101,821
  • Game weather: 77, Sunny
  • Referee: Penn Wagers

Georgia[edit | edit source]

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Vs. Georgia

Vandy has been playing Georgia almost every year since 1893. Vandy trails 18–51–2 all-time. Georgia has won the last three games, and the last game was 10–34 Georgia.

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia 0 20 6 7 33
Vanderbilt 0 7 14 7 28
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:34
  • Game attendance: 36,640
  • Game weather: 68, Clear
  • Referee: Matt Austin

Army[edit | edit source]

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Vs. 2011 Army Black Knights

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101st Screaming Eagles at Vanderbilt-Army game

Army and Vandy have played eight games since 1968. The series is tied at 4 games each. In 2009, Army won their last meeting in overtime, 13–16.

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Army 6 0 8 7 21
Vanderbilt 13 10 14 7 44
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 32,210
  • Game weather: 50, Broken Clouds
  • Referee: David Smith

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Arkansas[edit | edit source]

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Vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

Vandy has played Arkansas eight times since 1949. Vandy trails the series 2–6, and Arkansas has won the last two last games. The last game was an Arkansas win, 14–49.

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Arkansas 7 7 6 11 31
Vanderbilt 7 14 7 0 28
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 11:21 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:24
  • Game attendance: 33,247
  • Game weather: 40, Clear
  • Referee: Marc Curles

Florida[edit | edit source]

Vandy and Florida have been playing since 1945. Vandy trails 9–33–2, and Vandy has lost the last 20 games. In their last meeting, Florida won 14–55.

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 0 7 14 21
Florida 0 17 3 6 26
  • Location: Gainesville, Florida
  • Game start: 12:21 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:16
  • Game attendance: 90,144
  • Game weather: 59, Cloudy
  • Referee: Penn Wagers

Kentucky[edit | edit source]

Vandy and Kentucky have played 83 times since 1896. Vandy won the first nine games, and Kentucky did not score on Vandy for the first eleven games. Vandy trails 38–41–4, and Kentucky has won the last two games. The last game was a 20–38 Kentucky victory.

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 0 0 8 0 8
Vanderbilt 7 17 7 7 38
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 11:21 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:08
  • Game attendance: 33,718
  • Game weather: 56, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Matt Moore

Tennessee[edit | edit source]

Vandy and Tennessee have played 105 times. Vandy did not lose for the first 12 games, but since 1928 UT has dominated the series. Overall, Vandy trails 27–72–5. Tennessee has won the last five games in the series, and the last game was a 10–24 Tennessee win.

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 OT Total
Vanderbilt 0 7 7 7 0 21
• Tennessee 7 7 0 7 6 27
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 91,367
  • Game weather: 52, Clear
  • Referee: Marc Curles

Wake Forest[edit | edit source]

Vandy and Wake Forest have played 13 times since 1964, and this is the only series in which Vandy plays during the 2011 football season that Vandy holds the all-time lead in, at 7–6–0. Wake, however, has won the last three. The last game was a 13–34 Wake Forest win.

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 6 21 7 7 41
Wake Forest 0 7 0 0 7
  • Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 28,020
  • Game weather: 65, Sunny and Fair
  • Referee: Ken Williamson

Cincinnati[edit | edit source]

Vanderbilt and Cincinnati have meet 6 times dating back to 1898 Cincinnati holds the lead with 4 wins.

Liberty Bowl
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 7 0 7 10 24
Cincinnati 0 14 0 17 31
  • Location: Memphis, Tennessee
  • Game start: 2:30 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 57,103

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