On Saturday, Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham made his decision to head to the NFL official, leaving the Commodores without their best player.
While the loss is sure to sting the Vanderbilt defense next season, coach Derek Mason had nothing but great things to say about one of the best players in the school’s history.
“We could not be more proud of Zach Cunningham and what he has accomplished as a student-athlete at Vanderbilt,” Mason said in a press release. “Zach leaves West End among the most decorated players in Commodore football history, and he works as hard as any student-athlete I have ever coached. Zach’s been a great pleasure to coach and a tremendous teammate.
“Vanderbilt is indebted to Zach for his impact on our football program, on and off the field. Zach will always be a Vanderbilt Man, and we wish him years of success in the NFL.”
Cunningham led the SEC this season with 125 tackles. He also recorded 16.5 tackles for loss and forced a fumble while becoming Vanderbilt’s first unanimous All-American. In three seasons, Cunningham recorded 256 tackles, 36 tackles for loss and 6 sacks.