The Chicago Bears took two Commodores in the NFL draft: Offensive lineman Chris Williams, BS’07, was the 14th pick in the first round, and wide receiver
Earl Bennett was selected in the third round. They join former Commodore
linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer, BS’03, on the Bears squad. Two-time Vandy
captain and All-SEC linebacker Jonathan Goff, BE’07, was selected by the
New York Giants in the fifth round. Other Commodores signed as free agents:
linebacker Marcus Buggs, BS’07, with the New York Giants and defensive
end Curtis Gatewood, BS’07, with the Washington Redskins. On the home
front the Commodores chose their captains for the 2008 season: senior
safety Reshard Langford, junior offensive lineman Bradley Vierling, and senior wide receiver George Smith.
The Vanderbilt women finished with a 25-9 record and won a school-record 11 regular-season SEC games. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 round for the third time in five years. Junior Christina Wirth was named first-team All-SEC, junior Jennifer Risper earned second-team All-SEC honors, and freshmen Jence Rhoads and Hannah Tuomi were named to the All-Freshman Team.
The Commodores finished the season with a 26-8 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. They tied a school record by winning 25 regular-season games and began the year with a 16-0 run, the best start for a Vanderbilt team in school history. During the season they knocked off then-No. 1-ranked Tennessee in Nashville, the second consecutive year the Commodores have beaten the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. Senior Shan Foster was named Vanderbilt’s Most Valuable Player and SEC Player of the Year, and was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press. He leaves Vanderbilt as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,011 points and the all-time leader in three-pointers made and attempted. He also won the 2007-08 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, selected by a nationwide vote of coaches, media and fans, presented annually to college basketball’s outstanding NCAA Division I senior student-athlete. Freshman A.J. Ogilvy was named to the All-SEC second team and was a unanimous selection to the league’s All-Freshman team.
The Commodores advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament, losing 4-1 to No. 6 Florida, and finished the season with a 20-6 record.
The men reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament after beating Indiana 4-3, but bowed out after losing to Ole Miss 4-1. The team was ranked 29th in the nation and finished with an overall record of 14-10.
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