The all-decade team will be released by position every other day.
Sorry for the delay, we are back on schedule for the remainder of the Vanderbilt all-decade team. Time to get into the big boys. As a note, some players will be placed at secondary positions, even if they played a majority of their career at a different offensive line position.
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Here is the All-Decade Team so far
LT – Wesley Johnson (2010 – 2013)
After redshirting his first year on campus in 2009, Johnson became a staple in the trenches over the next 4 years. He went on to start 51 consecutive games over the next 4 years and earn numerous national and team awards.
In 2010 he earned SEC All-Freshman offensive line honors and was named a second-team freshman All-Amercan by Phil Steel Magazine.
In his Sophomore season Johnson put his versatility on display, starting 7 games at center, 4 at left tackle, and 2 at left guard. He lead the way for Zac Stacy to set single season school records for rushing touchdowns and rushing yards.
In 2012 Johnson started all 13 games and was an offensive co-captain. He also earned an All-SEC honorable mention from an associated press panel. He paved the way for a rushing attack that averaged 166 yards per game.
In 2013, his final year as a Commodore, Johnson was named postseason first team All-SEC honors from Phil Steele and Athlon.
Wesley Johnson allowed just 2 sacks over the final 2 years of his career while protecting the blindside of Jordan Rodgers, Patton Robinette, and Austyn Carta-Samuels. During his illustrious career he recorded 198 knockdown blocks, 54 intimidation blocks, and 172 blocks that led directly to Commodore TDs or first downs.
After his senior season, Johnson was selcted in the fifth round (173rd overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He went on to play in 53 games, starting 24, over the next 5 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, and New York Jets.
RT – Justin Skule (2015-2018)
Justin Skule was a rare offensive lineman to come into the SEC and immediately be thrust into a starting role…. and succeed. As a true freshman Skule played in 7 games, including 2 starts at right tackle, only to have his season prematurely ended due to an injury. He recorded 20 pancake block while playing 233 snaps.
In 2016 Skule started all 13 games, playing more than 90% of the team’s offensive snaps at right tackle. He played a key role in an offense that produced points on 43 of 46 possessions inside the 20-yard line.
During his Junior season he started all 12 games and moved to left tackle. He played 98% of the team’s offensive snaps and was credited with 19 domination blocks. He was also part of a very improved offensive line that allowed only 19 QB sacks, more than a dozen less than the previous year.
In 2018 Skule extended his starts streak to 40 games by starting all 13 regular season games. He accumulated 25 domination blocks and helped lead the way for a Vanderbilt offense that produced the most total yardage of any team since the 1970’s.
Skule went on to be selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 183rd overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft. In his rookie season Skule played in 15 games and started 8 on the way to a 49ers Super Bowl berth.