Friday, January 26, 2007

Stamper Coming Back for 5th Year

And it's a dog-gone good thing, too, because Chris Nickson and our tailback duo of Jennings and Jackson-Garrison are going to need all the blocking they can get against a schedule that boasts 8 teams that played in bowls this season.

In a rare but welcome display of wisdom, the NCAA has granted former All-SEC offensive tackle Brian Stamper's appeal for a medical redshirt for the season-ending injury he suffered in the Michigan game. This is monster news for Commodore Nation - we're now looking to return all five starters from this year's offensive line, including two All-SEC bruisers (senior LT Chris Williams being the other). With 6'7", 315-lb. Williams protecting his blind side and 6'5", 305-lb. Stamper taking care of his passing lane, Nickson will hopefully be in a position to make some big plays next year.

A co-captain of the 2006 campaign, Stamper provides great leadership and experience, to say nothing of a top-notch mean streak, to a Vanderbilt team that has its sights set firmly on a bowl game in 2007.

Note: Before the NCAA came down with a decision, Stamper was listed among the top offensive tackle prospects in the 2007 NFL Draft.


Stanimal said...

The key to any great team is a solid offensive line, and if Stamper is there to open holes and buy Nickson time, we're even better off.

Unknown said...

Woo hoo! I went to high school with him and he's awesome.