In January, Vanderbilt announced that Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason had been hired as the Commodores’ new head coach. In mid-June, it was reported that Mason had added a former Cardinal to his new roster.
A month later, the pipeline from The Farm has officially produced not one but two players from Mason’s old stomping grounds.
In a press release, Vandy announced that tight end Davis Dudchock and wide receiver Chandler Dorrell have transferred into Mason’s football program. Both players will be eligible to play in 2014, Dudchock as a graduate transfer.
Dudchock played in 16 games for Stanford from 2010-2013, catching five passes for 43 yards. Dorrell, the son of Vandy offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell, took a redshirt as a true freshman in 2013.
The former was a three-star member of the Cardinal’s 2010 recruiting class, while the latter was not given a star rating by Rivals.com.
Dudchock and Dorrell represent the second and third Power Five transfers Vandy has landed the past month. In early June, the school confirmed that quarterback Stephen Rivers had transferred into the program. In mid-February, it was reported that Rivers, the younger brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, had decided to leave LSU.
As is the case with the other two, Rivers will be eligible to play immediately in 2014 while being considered a potential front-runner for the starting job.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.