Monday, December 22, 2008

COUNTDOWN: Vanderbilt's No. 7 defensive play of the year

Sure, we're counting down the 12 plays of Christmas on offense, too, but our defensive list is most important. With limited offensive production, the defense sealed Commodore wins by stopping the other team when it mattered most, putting the Vanderbilt offense in position to score with little effort, and in some cases just going ahead and providing the offense themselves.

So here we go with No. 7:

7. SPEAD ROBS SMELLEY (SOUTH CAROLINA 9/4): With South Carolina leading 7-0 early in the second quarter and moving the ball into the red zone, nickel back Dalron Spead broke on the ball, grabbed the interception and raced 41 yards to the SC30. The play led to a Commodore field goal that cut the deficit to 7-3. The bad news: Spead broke his leg at the end of the play and missed the next six games.

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