What to know about Vanderbilt freshman quarterback Ken Seals starting vs Texas A&M

Adam Sparks
Nashville Tennessean

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Vanderbilt started freshman Ken Seals at quarterback against No. 11 Texas A&M in the season opener Saturday.

Seals became the eighth true freshman to start at quarterback for Vanderbilt since the NCAA changed first-year eligibility rules in 1972. The others include Kyle Shurmur (vs. Missouri 2015), Wade Freebeck (vs. UMass, 2014), David Wallace (vs. Alabama, 1998), Kenny Simon (vs. Alabama, 1993), Tim Richardson (at Ole Miss, 1985), John Gromos (at Iowa State, 1985) and Mike Wright (vs. Florida, 1975). Seven of the eight made their first start against an SEC team.

Seals won the job in a competition with three other new quarterbacks, including junior college transfers Danny Clark and Jeremy Moussa and freshman Mike Wright.

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Seals' his first college game was near his hometown of Azle, Texas. He was a three-star signee in the 2020 recruiting class after passing for 5,714 yards and 53 touchdowns at Weatherford (Texas) High School.

Seals, a 6-foot-3, 218-pounder, enrolled at Vanderbilt in January and got first-team reps before spring practice was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the second straight season Vanderbilt has staged a crowded competition for the starting quarterback job. Last season, four quarterbacks played in a 3-9 season, and none returned.

Riley Neal used his last year of eligibility. Deuce Wallace graduated with one year of eligibility remaining. Mo Hasan and Allan Walters transferred to Southern Cal and Mississippi State, respectively.

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