Vanderbilt’s leading tackler from 2019, and potential NFL draft pick, Dimitri Moore has entered the NCAA transfer portal per Robbie Weinstein and 247Sports.
This is the latest transfer in what is becoming a trend for Derek Mason and Vanderbilt football. In fact, the Commodores have seen 27 players transfer or opt-out since the end of the 2019 season.
Often transfers are players buried in the depth chart who are looking to increase playing time by relocating to a program with more opportunities. This has not been the case for Vanderbilt. This is a symptom of players not believing in Coach Derek Mason and Vanderbilt Athletics in general.
The apathy shown by Vanderbilt is pathetic. We are actively watching Vanderbilt football rapidly implode to what is the lowest point in the last 20 years, and possibly ever, after seeing a small amount of consistent success for the first time since the 1950s.
Dimitri Moore, who initially opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns surrounding Covid-19, was named to the Butkus award watchlist before the start of the season, awarded to the best LB in the country. The 6’3″ 230 pound former 3-star has the potential to be a late/mid-round pick and possibly play himself into a top 2 round pick with continued production.
Moore is currently tied for 4th on a struggling Vanderbilt defense with 36 tackles this season.
One thing is clear: Derek Mason has lost the faith of not only fans, but his players. It is time to make a move and show fans, players, and media you care about athletics. If this continues I am afraid it may be impossible for Vanderbilt football to recover, if it’s not already too late.