Some important news that has been lost in the chaos surrounding the Vanderbilt football program over this last week, Temple running back Re’Mahn Davis announced he would be transferring to Vandy.
Davis, at 5’9” and 210 lbs., earned Freshman All-American accolades from Pro Football Focus after rushing for 936 yards (4.8 per carry) and 181 receiving yards (12.1 per catch) last season with the Owls.
He came into the 2020 season as a Preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection, but announced he was opting out and entering the transfer portal after four games. He had rushed for 308 yards (3.9 per carry) and totaled 62 receiving yards (5.2 per catch) as Temple started 1-3 before Davis left the team.
Davis’ immediate eligibility will be determined by a one-time waiver exemption rule the NCAA is expected to vote on his January. If It passes, he would be available to play next season instead of sitting out a year per the traditional transfer rules.
His arrival would certainly be welcome to a team that has struggled with depth at running back this season. Keyon Henry-Brooks has been one of the silver linings in a disappointing year, looking like a potential star, but he has missed time due to injury and quarantine. Ja’Veon Marlow and Jamauri Wakefield have also missed games for various reasons. While Henry-Brooks and Marlow look to be back next season, it’s unclear if Wakefield would pursue another year. Wakefield only played one game in the 2019 season before a season-ending leg injury and has continued to battle injuries this season.
True freshman Rocko Griffin and junior walk-on Mitchell Pryor have also received carries out of necessity this year and will bring experience next season. They, along with three-star 2021 commitment Dylan Betts-Pauley, fill out the running back depth next year.
While the season has been rough, the future at running back is looking bright.
This article was written before the news of Derek Mason’s firing was announced. It will be intriguing to see how quickly Vanderbilt moves in its coaching search in order to retain as many commitments from the 2021 class and transfers as possible.
Based on conversations The Dore Report has had with sources, we expect a majority of recruits to remain committed to the Commodores, but only time will tell.