The Vanderbilt Football program recently added kicker Oren Milstein as he announced on Twitter over the weekend. Milstein attended attended American Heritage High School (Plantation, FL) before committing the Ivy League.
The Florida native is a Graduate transfer from Columbia and will have 2 years of eligibility left for Coach Mason and the Commodores. After a departure from Riley Guay, this addition will help solidify the kicker position. Milstein now joins Javan Rice and Jared Wheatley on the roster.
Interesting enough, Milstein has not seen the field in 2 years as he didn’t see action in 2019 and missed 2018 with a season ending injury. As a Sophomore in 2017, Milstein made 61.5 % of his FG’s going 8-13 having a fine year for the Lions. As a Freshman in 2016, Milstein was very impressive making 92.3% of his FG’s going 12-13.
Milstein was a solid kicker for Columbia before battling severe injuries that set him back a year. Now, Oren comes to West End looking to fulfill and earn his spot for Coach Tapp on the Special Teams side of things. It will be interesting to see how the kicking duties shakeout after having standouts Tommy Openshaw and Riley Guay handling the job over the past 6 years.
The last time Vanderbilt pulled a grad transfer from Colombia worked out pretty well as punter Parker Thome was a consistent weapon for the Commodores in 2018. Wilstein is definitely a nice addition to the Special Teams room for Coach Mason and his staff to load the important positions.