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Student Athletes

“Our student-athletes are outstanding scholars who compete to win on and off the field; it's the Vanderbilt Way. I am continuously impressed by their dedication to Vanderbilt, and I will always be one of the first to ‘Anchor Down’ for them.”

~Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos

Student-athlete: Jared Pinkney

Student-athlete: Jared Pinkney

Jared Pinkney could have heard his name called on the second day of the NFL Draft. Graded a “second- to fourth-round prospect,” Vanderbilt’s star tight end had a decision to make: turn pro, or return to the university to finish out his senior season.

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Student-athlete: The Champions

Student-athlete: The Champions

In the magical run to a national championship, Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin said he was often asked when he first realized the 2019 edition of the Vandy Boys could be something special. His answer reveals all you need to know about the program he has built over 17 years in Nashville.

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Student Athlete: The Graduates

Student Athlete: The Graduates

For this installment of the student-athlete series, we take a look at three Class of 2019 seniors.

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Emily Mathewson: Lacrosse attacker and community volunteer

Emily Mathewson: Lacrosse attacker and community volunteer

Student-athlete Emily Mathewson rallies her teammates on the field, and rallied them to support a young patient with cancer at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Bree Horrocks: Center and researcher

Bree Horrocks: Center and researcher

When Bree Horrocks decided she would pursue her final season of college basketball as a graduate transfer, the 6-foot-5-inch center had conversations with a number of interested coaches. Each time, Horrocks let coaches know their programs would be getting much more than a basketball student-athlete.

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Nemo Sanchez: Swimmer and filmmaker

Nemo Sanchez: Swimmer and filmmaker

Student-athlete Namilla Sanchez is keenly aware of the role proper nutrition plays in performance. She feels the results each time she dives into the pool – and in her ability to succeed in the classroom.

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Joe Toye: Guard and Leader

Joe Toye: Guard and Leader

Men's basketball's Joe Toye, an economics major and the lone senior on the Commodores’ roster, is the embodiment of student-athlete-leader.

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Nia Dorsey: Commodore defender and community volunteer

Nia Dorsey: Commodore defender and community volunteer

Nia Dorsey is the defender on the SEC Champion Commodore soccer team, but her Vanderbilt career has largely been defined by service.

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Sara Tsai: Runner and engineer

Sara Tsai: Runner and engineer

A serious injury inspired senior student-athlete Sara Tsai to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering and a future in helping others.

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Khari Blasingame: Running back and graduate student

Khari Blasingame: Running back and graduate student

Commodore running back and graduate student Khari Blasingame is more than a football player—he's a prime example of the student-athlete experience at Vanderbilt.

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