And we return to our regularly scheduled programming of Vanderbilt football players entering the transfer portal.
So these are two different situations, and probably say two different things about the direction of the program. McGowan was Vanderbilt’s second-leading receiver in 2023, catching 36 passes for 383 yards, and was also the team’s primary kick returner, taking one to the house in the Hawaii game. But just five of his receptions came over the team’s final four games, while true freshman Junior Sherrill caught eight of his 20 passes over that stretch, and offers a similar skill set to McGowan while also being a bit taller at 5’11”. Vanderbilt probably had room for one but not both in the offense. That’s not to say that McGowan is not a loss, as a potentially electric kick returner, but as far as his role in the offense there were definitely some size limitations.
Taylor was one of three quarterbacks to attempt a pass for Vanderbilt in 2023, completing five of them in 15 attempts and throwing an interception; he also ran it 30 times for 103 yards and a touchdown. Taylor might have had a shot at more playing time with AJ Swann and Ken Seals gone; in practice, this mostly just confirms what we already knew (that Vanderbilt was going to bring in a quarterback from the transfer portal.)