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Anchor Drop, May 29, 2019: 94 Days to Kickoff

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Vanderbilt men’s golf came up short in the Final Four.

Mississippi v Vanderbilt Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Good morning.

We’re 94 days away from Vanderbilt’s season opener against Georgia. Today’s Commodore is #94, Rutger Reitmaier, the 6’3”, 275-pound redshirt sophomore defensive lineman from down the road at Lipscomb High School. Reitmaier’s road to Vanderbilt was a weird one: recruited by the Commodores out of high school, he chose Oregon — then after a semester (he enrolled early), he decided he wanted out. But an admissions snafu led to him spending the fall semester in 2017 at Lipscomb, which meant Vanderbilt had to apply for a waiver for him to be eligible in 2018 — which he was. Reitmaier’s freshman year felt like a bit of a disappointment given his recruiting accolades; he was a four-star recruit out of high school and he could barely get on the field, though the year off from football certainly didn’t help matters (he couldn’t practice with the team while he was attending Lipscomb.) He ended the 2018 season with seven total tackles, though he should have an opportunity for more playing time with Dare Odeyingbo graduated.

Men’s golf won a dramatic victory over Texas A&M in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship on Tuesday, but came up short against Stanford in the semifinals. Scott Limbaugh’s program seems like it’s been knocking on the door for a while but will have to wait another year.

Athlon Sports named five Vanderbilt players to its preseason All-SEC teams, including Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Kalija LIpscomb on the first team.