NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt's all-time leading rusher is gone, currently trying to earn a job in the NFL with the New England Patriots.
With Ralph Webb out of the picture, luckily for the Commodores they have quarterback Kyle Shurmur back to follow up one of the best seasons in school history and help Vanderbilt earn its second bowl berth in three years. Coach Derek Mason calls Shurmur one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference to lead that group.
"I've seen him with weapons, without weapons, with an offensive line, and without an offensive line," Mason said. "His growth and maturity is really beyond his years. He believes in this team. This team believes in him. And in this conference, it all starts with the quarterback position. If the quarterback can play well, you got a chance for success."