Thursday, August 27, 2009

True freshman Walker May just may play this season for Vanderbilt


From the out-of-nowhere department, look who's being mentioned as a true freshman who may play right away.

And look in the right-hand column of this page at the which-freshmen-will-play poll and find the only guy who hasn't received a single vote.

Same guy. Walker May, a 6-5, 210-pound freshman from Birmingham, is getting his name in the paper now that Steven Stone's gone down with injury and Theron Kadri has left the team. The Tennessean's Jeff Lockridge and the City Paper's David Boclair are both mentioning May today, and they're getting their information from the same press conferences and practice sessions.

Seems May is the fastest defensive end on the team — he runs a 4.5 40 — and has apparently been having a good preseason and just may get on the field this season after all, even before the more highly touted Thad McHaney.

Of course, the Commodores still have starter Broderick Stewart, heir apparent Tim Fugger, part-time starter Teriall Brannon and talented redshirt freshmen Johnell Thomas and Josh Jelesky, so I'm not terribly worried. Also, they've got a boatload of linebackers — guys like John Stokes and Archibald Barnes — whose names come up from time to time as possibilities to move up and play some end.

So maybe Walker won't play this season. But he didn't come to Vanderbilt to sit on the bench for four years, and he's trying to get on the field sooner rather than later.

2 comments:

Bob Loblaw said...

I bet he's the fastest end on the team when he's only 210. He's a gazelle with a helmet-haircut! Good for the kid, but for Vandy's sake I hope he doesn't get much PT this year; he'll get railroaded by bigger O-linemen.

DIMON KENDRICK-HOLMES said...

Yes, I was surprised he was even practicing; figured the coaches would take him straight to the chow hall and leave him there for the next year. Hey, maybe he can play wide receiver.