Vanderbilt Football All-Decade Team: Running Back

The all-decade team will be released by position each day.

Links to Articles for Previous Positions:

Quarterback

Here is the All-Decade Team so far

Offense

Running Back

Ralph Webb (2013 – 2017)

(Photo: Amy Smotherman Burgess-USA TODAY NETWORK)

There should not be much argument about the starter at quarterback or running back for the Vanderbilt all-decade team. Ralph Webb re-wrote the Commodore record books. Accumulating 4,173 career yards (6th all-time among SEC running backs), 32 touchdowns, and setting the schools all time single-season rushing record with 1,384 yards in 2016. We will also throw in his 68 catches, 572 yards, and 3 touchdowns during his career.

Red-shirted his first year on campus, Webb burst onto the scene with 212 carries for 912 yards and 4 touchdowns during his Freshman season. He followed that up with Sophomore and Junior campaigns both topping 1,100 yards with 5 and 13 touchdowns respectively. He ended his career the right way by rushing for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns on 25 carries to defeat the Volunteers for the second year in a row.

The most memorable moment of Webb’s career was likely the 2016 run vs. Tennessee with 4 minutes to go. Webb scampered 28 yards and trucked over Todd Kelly Jr. into the end zone to put the Commodores up 45-34 and stamp the Dore’s ticket to bowl season (also doesn’t hurt we likely knocked Tennessee out of a spot in the Sugar Bowl with that run).

Here’s a link to that play on ESPN

Webb etched his name into Vanderbilt history with the following records:

1st – Career Rushing Yards
1st – Career Rushing Touchdowns
1st and 4th – Single Season Rushing Yards
3rd and 8th – Single Season Rushing Touchdowns

Backup – Zac Stacy (2009-2012)

Wade Payne/Associated Press

Zac Stacy’s game can be summed up in 1 word: Beast.

Record setting stats aside, one play comes to mind when I think about Zac Stacy’s career: Stacy carrying what seemed to be the entire Kentucky defense into the end zone in 2011 on the way to a 38-8 rout of the Wildcats.

When Zac Stacy ended his career, he was Vanderbilt’s all time rushing yardage leader, all-time leader in rushing touchdowns, the record holder for most rushing yards in a season, and the record holder for most rushing touchdowns in a season. Only one of those still stands (single-season rushing touchdowns) thanks to the guy that beat him out for the starting job on the all-decade team.

Stacy ran for 3,143 yards and 30 touchdowns on 581 career carries and was selected in the 5th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the St. Louis (R.I.P) Rams.

Vanderbilt fans have been lucky to watch the most talented group of running backs in program history over the last decade, and that list includes the guys below who make up the rest of the all-decade RB depth chart.

The Rest of the Depth Chart

RB3 – Ke’Shawn Vaughn (2018-2019)

Photo Credit: Vanderbilt Commodores

In my opinion, the most talented running back in Vanderbilt history. Vaughn transferred from Illinois and had 2 incredible seasons in his hometown of Nashville. In 2018, his first season as a Commodore, Vaughn rushed for 1,244 yards at an astonishing rate of 7.9 yards per carry. His 2018 rushing yardage is 2nd in a single season in school history. His senior season was limited by injuries (as was his Junior year) and the fact that he was the focus of every opponent on a sputtering offense. Vaughn still ran for over 1,000 yards in 2019. He was selected in the third-round by the Buccaneers in the 2020 NFL Draft.

If Vaughn had started his college career as a Commodore, and was able to stay healthy throughout, no doubt in my mind he would have set records that may never be touched. Wishing him all the luck alongside Tom Brady as his career continues.

Honorable Mentions

Jerron Seymour (2011-2014)

Khari Blasingame (2015-2018)

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