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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt Football offseason attrition tracker

Your one-stop shop for all Vanderbilt Football offseason news.
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Alexa White
Welcome to the Vanderbilt Hustler’s Offseason Attrition Tracker (Hustler Multimedia/Alexa White).

The NCAA Transfer Portal cycle opened on Monday, Dec. 5 for all undergraduate transfers. FBS players are only allowed to enter the transfer portal from Dec. 5 to Jan. 18, a rule introduced by the NCAA in 2022. In tandem with the NCAA’s COVID-19 waiver granting an extra year of eligibility for all student-athletes that competed in the 2020-21 school year, there will be lots of movement on Vanderbilt’s football roster this winter.

To help you keep up along the way we’ve created the Vanderbilt Football Offseason Attrition Tracker: Your one-stop shop for all Vanderbilt Football offseason news. Follow along all winter for updates.

STORY UPDATES

(Dec. 4, 6:45 p.m., CST): Ray Davis to enter NCAA transfer portal

Davis played in 15 games in his two seasons for the Commodores. In 2022, Davis rushed for 1,042 yards and 5 touchdowns. The California native averaged 4.5 yards per carry and had 5 100+ rushing yard games in his senior season. Before coming to Vanderbilt, Davis played for Temple, where he ran for 1,244 yards and 9 touchdowns in 16 games.

(Dec. 5, 10:32 a.m., CST): Vanderbilt QB Mike Wright to enter NCAA transfer portal

Wright first saw playing time with the Commodores in the 2020 season as a dynamic alternative to Ken Seals. After starting five of the last six games in 2021, Wright entered 2022 as the first-string quarterback. He had 6 touchdowns and a career-high 245 passing yards against Elon but lost his starting job to AJ Swann the following week against Wake Forest. He returned to replace an injured Swann later in the season and led the Commodores to heroic victories over Kentucky and Florida. The junior threw for 974 yards and 12 touchdowns and also ran for 517 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2022.

(Dec. 23, 4:55 p.m., CST): Anfernee Orji declares for 2023 NFL Draft, foregoes extra year of eligibility

Building upon an already fantastic career on West End, Orji turned in a special season during his senior year, when he was elected a team captain in August. The Rockwall, Texas native amassed 108 tackles (2nd in the SEC) 7.5 tackles for loss (TFLs), 3 sacks and an interception in 2022. His play catapulted him into NFL Draft consideration as a likely Day 2 pick.

Updates will carry on all offseason.

Outgoing transfers (12)

Malik Langham, Elijah McAllister (Auburn), Mike Wright, Ray Davis (Kentucky), Jared Wheatley, Chase Lloyd, Joel Decoursey, Devin Boddie Jr. Rocko Griffin, Daniel Martin, Maurice Edwards

Fifth-year returnees (4)

Matt Hayball, Julian Hernandez, Justin Ball, Jaylen Mahoney

Declared for NFL Draft with eligibility remaining (3)

Anfernee Orji, Michael Owusu, Ben Bresnahan

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About the Contributors
Bryce Smith, Former Sports Editor
Bryce Smith ('23) is majoring in human and organizational development in Peabody College with a minor in business. Bryce previously wrote for SBNation before joining The Hustler. Hailing from Chicago, Bryce is a die-hard Bears and Cubs fan who is also hoping that the Bulls and Blackhawks may one day rekindle their dominance. He can be reached at [email protected].    
Alexa White, Former Graphics Director
Alexa White ('23) is from Traverse City, Michigan, and is double-majoring in secondary education and English. When she isn't writing for The Hustler, she is probably teaching, reading or creating art. After graduation, Alexa plans to be an English teacher and hopes to inspire kids to love reading, writing and exploring their creativity in all forms. She can be reached at [email protected].
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