Five Vanderbilt players landed on the Associated Press’ All-Southeastern Conference team. None, including 1,000-yard rusher Zac Stacy, earned first-team honors, however.
Stacy, a junior running back, joined linebacker Chris Marve and cornerback Casey Hayward on the second team. Offensive tackle Kyle Fischer and defensive end Tim Fugger earned honorable mentions from a panel of sportswriters.
“Zac, Chris and Casey are very deserving of first team All-SEC recognition,” coach James Franklin said. “They were extremely productive on the field and also provided excellent leadership to our squad. “I’m also happy that Kyle and Tim were mentioned because they enjoyed great senior seasons. I believe we have other standouts that played like All-SEC candidates as well.”
Stacy led the league with 6.2 yards per carry and was third in rushing with a school-record 1,136 rushing yards. He also had 13 rushing touchdowns, the most by a Vanderbilt running back. Only Alabama’s Trent Richardson, who was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year, scored more.
Marve led the Commodores with 84 tackles and the senior also had seven tackles for loss and an interception. He ranks ninth all-time in school history with 390 tackles.
Hayward, also a senior, intercepted five passes, the third-most in the SEC, and was second in the league with 14 passes defended.
Fischer made all 12 starts of his senior season, paving the way for Stacy on the ground. Fugger, a senior, had 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.