Vanderbilt’s all-time leading rusher Ralph Webb will be heading back to West End next season for his senior season. Webb made the announcement on Twitter last night following the Commodore’s loss to NC State in the Independence Bowl.
We will embrace this moment and use it as fuel for next year. I will be back to lead this team to victory. #AnchorDown
— I Am R.A.W. (@TurnUpWebb) December 27, 2016
Had he gone pro Webb would’ve likely been drafted in later rounds of the NFL Draft next spring. With so many running backs in the draft it’s probably best that he came back to Vanderbilt for another year. As long as he doesn’t get injured Webb isn’t going to hurt his stock. This year the Commodore running back was second team All-SEC behind Auburn’s Kamryn Pettway and LSU’s Derrius Guice. Guice has at least one more year at LSU before he can go to the NFL. Pettway could go pro after the Tiger’s bowl game but has yet to make an announcement.
Yesterday in the Independence Bowl Webb had 111 yards and 1 TD on 21 carries. He also caught two balls for 13 yards. This year he had 1,283 yards and 13 touchdowns as well has 166 yards receiving on 21 receptions. Webb is the all-time leading rusher at Vanderbilt with 3,231 yards and is nine touchdowns behind Zac Stacy who holds the school record for rushing TDs. Webb is only 231 yards from cracking the school’s total offensive yards top ten and six TDs away from the top ten in that category as well. By the time he leaves Nashville a lot of Webb’s records will be out of reach.
With Kyle Shurmur and most of the offense coming back the Commodores are set up for a big season in 2017.