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Van Heflin passed away at the age of 62 on July 9. (Vanderbilt Athletics).

Trailblazing Vanderbilt quarterback Van Heflin dies at 62

Justin Hershey, Sports Editor July 20, 2021
Vanderbilt’s first Black quarterback to consistently start in the late 1970s died of a heart attack on July 9.
Vanderbilt infielder Dominic Keegan stomps home plate after a home run against Kentucky on May 20. (Twitter/@VandyBoys).

2021 MLB Draft: Dominic Keegan drafted by the New York Yankees in 19th round

Bryce Smith, Deputy Sports Editor July 13, 2021
First baseman Dominic Keegan becomes the third Vanderbilt hitter drafted in 2021 after a stellar junior season.
Jayson Gonzalez stomps on home plate after a solo home run against Belmont on March 16, 2021. (Twitter/@VandyBoys)

2021 MLB Draft: Jayson Gonzalez drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 17th round

Bryce Smith, Deputy Sports Editor July 13, 2021
Four year Commodore Jayson Gonzalez is headed to Chicago after being the sixth Vanderbilt player taken in the 2021 Draft.
Despite tearing his UCL after his sophomore season, Fisher had a strong senior campaign and will now bring his talents to Arizona. (Vanderbilt Athletics).

2021 MLB Draft: Hugh Fisher drafted 288th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks

Sam Curtis, Assistant Sports Editor July 12, 2021
After boasting a 2.45 ERA in 2021, the four-year Commodore is the fourth pitcher and fifth Vanderbilt player to be taken in the MLB draft this year.
Vanderbilt catcher CJ Rodriguez points to the dugout after his double against UConn, one of his four hits on the day.

2021 MLB Draft: CJ Rodriguez drafted 158th overall by the Oakland Athletics

Sam Curtis, Assistant Sports Editor July 12, 2021
After two years as a Commodore, Vanderbilt catcher CJ Rodriguez became the 11th Corbin-era catcher to be selected by an MLB franchise.
Vanderbilt reliever Luke Murphy was selected _____ Monday in the 2021 MLB Draft. (Vanderbilt Athletics).

2021 MLB Draft: Luke Murphy drafted 110th overall by the Los Angeles Angels

Sam Curtis, Assistant Sports Editor July 12, 2021
After a terrific 2021 campaign, Vanderbilt closer Luke Murphy became Vanderbilt’s third/fourth pitcher taken in this year’s MLB Draft.
Clark Lea at spring practice in 2021. (Twitter/@VandyFootball)

Recruiting: Clark Lea enters July with impressive momentum

Bryce Smith, Deputy Sports Editor July 12, 2021
Vanderbilt has made serious headway over the past few weeks in Clark Lea’s first recruiting class.
Kumar Rocker joined Jack Leiter as Vanderbilt's second draftee in the 2021 class. (Vanderbilt Athletics).

2021 MLB Draft: Kumar Rocker drafted tenth overall by the New York Mets

Justin Hershey, Sports Editor July 11, 2021
Three legendary years on West End paved the way for Kumar Rocker to become Vanderbilt’s 12th top-ten pick since 2003.
Vanderbilt righty Jack Leiter was selected second overall in the 2021 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers. (Vanderbilt Athletics).

2021 MLB Draft: Jack Leiter drafted second overall by the Texas Rangers

Justin Hershey, Sports Editor July 11, 2021
After 1 ½ years on West End, Vanderbilt ace Jack Leiter became Vanderbilt’s third top-five pick in the past three MLB Drafts.
Former Georgia assistant coach Althea Thomas will take over Vanderbilt's running program. (Vanderbilt Athletics).

Track and Field: Exclusive interview with new head coach Althea Thomas

Justin Hershey, Sports Editor July 10, 2021
Following four seasons as an assistant coach at SEC powerhouse Georgia, Althea Thomas will look to capitalize on Vanderbilt’s unique value proposition.
Scotty Pippen Jr. elected to return to Vanderbilt for his junior year after testing the NBA Draft waters. (Vanderbilt Athletics).

Breaking: Scotty Pippen Jr. withdraws from NBA Draft, will return to Vanderbilt

Justin Hershey, Sports Editor July 7, 2021
The reigning All-SEC First team selection has officially withdrawn his name from NBA Draft consideration and will return to Vanderbilt for his junior year.
Kumar Rocker managed to pitch just 4.1 innings in a crushing Vanderbilt loss. (Vanderbilt Athletics).

College World Series Final: Vanderbilt bested by Mississippi State, 9-0

Justin Hershey, Sports Editor June 30, 2021
Vanderbilt was steamrolled by a motivated Mississippi State bunch in the final game of the College World Series on Wednesday night.
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