There has been some interesting speculation going around regarding this upcoming Vanderbilt defense. Some believe the new look group has a chance to be sneaky good and should improve considerably in different areas under new Defensive Coordinator Ted Roof.
It will all start up front in 2020 for the newly energized Commodore defense. Getting pressure and stopping the run will be two huge factors in the success of the stop troops this fall for Coach Mason and his staff. The upperclassmen heavy defensive line features Seniors Drew Birchmeier, Cameron Tidd, and the expected anchor of the defense, standout Dayo Odeyingbo.
Dayo attended Carrollton Ranchview in his home state of Texas and has always been in a well represented Vanderbilt family. His brother, Dare, also played D-line for the Commodores and graduated in 2018 after a very successful career in black and gold. His mother Betty, also fondly referred to as “Mama O” is a brilliant Vanderbilt woman and is a big part of Vandy Twitter (follow her on twitter @YourMamaO). His father, Gary, is a Vanderbilt man and shares his sons passion for the game of football.
The Irving, Texas native has had a very impressive and impactful career for the Vanderbilt defense. Although Dayo has experienced a revolving door at the defensive coordinator position, he has always given his heart and soul to his team each and every game. Odeyingbo, with great size and an excellent frame, has the ability to play Edge rusher or Nose tackle. At 6’6 280, Dayo is extremely versatile and will be a valuable weapon for an experienced Commodore defense.
His Junior season (2019) was a very impressive year for Odeyingbo as he was voted Preseason All-SEC. In fact, he registered 45 tackles (30 solo), 12 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks for the Commodores. Even bigger things are coming for Dayo this fall as he’s displayed on his Twitter this past week: Odeybingo was also just recognized on the front cover of Athlon Sports on their 2020 Vanderbilt Football preview. Odeybingo is obviously predicted to have a monster Senior year for the Vanderbilt D-line.
Commodore Nation hopes to see Dayo in the backfield demolishing opponents on Offensive all season along. The Dore Report wishes him and the rest of the Vanderbilt defense good luck in the 2020 Campaign!
Days will be a disruptor anywhere he plays along the D-line this year. With him and others returning, we could have something on D for some teams we face!