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Vanderbilt football transfer tracker 2022: Here's who has entered the portal

The Tennessean (Nashville) 1/6/2023 Aria Gerson, Nashville Tennessean
Vanderbilt head coach Clark Lea looks at the scoreboard during the third quarter of the their game against Tennessee at FirstBank Stadium Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. © George Walker IV / Tennessean.com Vanderbilt head coach Clark Lea looks at the scoreboard during the third quarter of the their game against Tennessee at FirstBank Stadium Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

Vanderbilt football ended its season Nov. 26 with a loss to Tennessee. After improving to 5-7 from 2-10 in 2021, the Commodores (5-7, 2-6 SEC) are now poised to take a step forward in 2023. But first, Vanderbilt must build its roster in the offseason through recruiting and the transfer portal.

This year, players will have from Dec. 5 to Jan. 18 to enter the portal and be immediately eligible for next season, with one additional window after spring ball. However, there are a few exceptions — players who are entering the portal as grad transfers can enter the portal at any time, as can those who have experienced a coaching change or have had their scholarship revoked.

Here are the Vanderbilt players who have entered the portal and otherwise left the team:

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Portal entries

Defensive lineman Malik Langham

Langham announced his decision to enter the portal on social media. He played in all 12 games in 2022, starting eight, but lost his starting job toward the end of the season in favor of Devin Lee.

In 2022, Langham made 13 tackles and ½ a tackle for loss. He had 32 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack in his Vanderbilt career after transferring from Florida following the 2018 season.

Defensive end Elijah McAllister

McAllister announced on Twitter that he would be entering the portal. A team captain in 2022, McAllister played in all 12 games. He made 16 tackles, one tackle for loss and forced a fumble. He played in 36 games with two starts over three seasons, redshirting in 2018 and missing 2020 due to injury.

Running back Rocko Griffin

Griffin left the team midseason. The starter for most of 2021, Griffin was the third-string running back in 2022 and missed time due to injury, putting him lower in the rotation when he returned. He left after the Ole Miss game but was unable to enter the portal until now.

Linebacker Daniel Martin

Martin, Vanderbilt's top recruit in 2022, was dismissed from the team in August, so this doesn't come as a surprise. He did not appear in a game this season.

Running back Maurice Edwards

Edwards is in the same situation as Martin. Both were dismissed from the team and did not appear in a game, but were not able to enter the portal until the window opened.

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Quarterback Mike Wright

Mike Wright started 11 games over two seasons for the Commodores and appeared in 15 others. After serving as the backup to Ken Seals in 2020, Wright earned the starting job midseason in 2021, then earned the starting job out of fall in 2022. He was replaced three games into the season by freshman AJ Swann, but got another shot when Swann suffered two different injuries. It was Wright who led Vanderbilt to four of its five wins in 2022, against Hawaii, Elon, Kentucky and Florida.

Running back Ray Davis

Starting running back Ray Davis entered the portal, he said on Twitter. Davis, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2022 who scored five touchdowns, was Vanderbilt's main running back and leaves the Commodores very thin at the position.

Punter Jared Wheatley

The backup punter, Wheatley played in just one game in four years at Vanderbilt. He announced his decision via Twitter.

Tight end Joel DeCoursey

DeCoursey entered the portal as a grad transfer, he said on Twitter. A reserve tight end, DeCoursey played in just eight games in four years − two in 2021 and six in 2022 − and did not record any statisitics.

Safety Chase Lloyd

Lloyd announced his intention to enter the portal via social media. A reserve safety, Lloyd played in six games in 2020 and all 12 in 2021 but appeared in just two games in 2022, recording one tackle.

In his Vanderbilt career, he made 21 tackles, ½ a tackle for loss and two pass breakups.

Wide receiver Devin Boddie Jr.

Boddie, a reserve slot receiver, was a senior this season but appeared in just 18 games in his Vanderbilt career. He got some run in 2021, with 29 catches for 263 yards, but in 2022 he appeared in just six games and made three catches. He suffered a season-ending injury midseason, not making an appearance after a loss to Ole Miss.

Boddie announced his intentions to enter the portal as a grad transfer on Twitter.

Other departures

Linebacker Anfernee Orji

Orji declared for the draft after a season that saw him lead the SEC in tackles with 108. He also had 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception.

A three-year starter, Orji had one year of eligibility remaining but opted not to use it and instead to begin his professional career.

"I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to earn a Vanderbilt degree while playing the sport I love before such a supportive fan base," Orji said in a statement.

Tight end Gavin Schoenwald

Schoenwald said in a statement that he was done playing college football and expressed support for Clark Lea and the Vanderbilt program. A team captain, Schoenwald stepped into a starting role in his fifth season in 2022 and made nine catches for 100 yards and three touchdowns.

Tight end Ben Bresnahan

Bresnahan announced on Twitter that he would be declaring for the NFL Draft. Though he could have used the COVID-19 waiver to return for a sixth season with the Commodores, the three-year starter opted instead to move on.

Safety Justin Harris

Harris, who has dealt with nagging shoulder injuries throughout his Vanderbilt career, opted to medically retire, he said on Instagram. Harris has undergone two shoulder surgeries and is soon to undergo a third, and that has kept him from taking a more prominent role.

In his four seasons, Harris has appeared in 24 games and made 14 tackles with one pass breakup. He appeared in four games in 2022.

Harris' Instagram post indicated he would stay with the team in some capacity, saying: "I will move into a different role on this team and keep giving that same energy and passion to the game I love."

The medical retirement allows Harris to remain at the university on his athletic scholarship but without counting towards the 85-man scholarship limit for Vanderbilt, allowing the Commodores to take another freshman or transfer in his place.

This story is developing and will be updated as more transfer announcements are made.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Vanderbilt football transfer tracker 2022: Here's who has entered the portal

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