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Vanderbilt Commodores still honoring Tampa's Kwane Doster

GAINESVILLE — Redshirt senior DE Broderick Stewart is the third Vanderbilt player to wear the "KD1" patch on his jersey.

The patch honors Kwane Doster, the only Vanderbilt player ever to be named SEC freshman of the year. Doster, who graduated from Robinson High, was shot and killed on Dec. 26, 2004, while home in Tampa for the holi­days. He was 21.

The "KD1" patch was prominently displayed on the front of Stewart's No. 90 jersey. He was the first player to earn the patch who was not a teammate of Doster's.

The team's leadership council annually votes on the player who receives the honor of wearing the patch. Stewart was chosen because of his courage in returning from a serious lower-leg injury in 2008.

"They recognize that Broderick has worked extremely hard to get back on the field," Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson said Saturday. "They know how productive Broderick is as a player and what he has gone through to return."

Former All-SEC LB Jonathan Goff wore it in 2006 and 2007, and RB Jeff Jennings wore it last season.

A VIEW FROM THE SIDE: Florida LB Brandon Spikes was relegated to the role of cheerleader while serving his one-game suspension for grabbing inside the face mask of Georgia RB Washaun Ealey last week. Spikes wore his Gator jersey, was animated and actively cheered on his teammates throughout the game.

A FIRST FOR MOODY: After sitting out a full season as a transfer from Southern Cal then enduring several injuries, junior RB Emmanuel Moody finally got his first start as a Gator. He had eight carries for 34 yards.

RECORD SETTER: With his 16-yard return late in the second quarter, Vanderbilt freshman Warren Norman broke the SEC record for punt return yards in a season with 910. The record was previously held by Arkansas' Dennis Johnson, who had 903 in 2008.

Norman, the Commodores' leading rusher, also had a decent night running the ball. He had 12 carries for 65 yards, including a 30-yarder.

GRAND RETURNS: The two players the Gators miss most from last season's team were back on the sideline. All-America WR/RB Percy Harvin and WR Louis Murphy, a former Lakewood High standout, were in attendance. Harvin is with the Vikings and has 28 receptions for 369 yards (13.2 average) and eight carries for 39 yards. Murphy, with the Raiders, has 16 receptions for 232 yards and one touchdown.

IN REMEMBRANCE: Led by the Florida marching band, fans at Florida Field held a moment of silence for those killed in Thursday's shooting at Fort Hood. The band played several patriotic songs, including Taps.

Antonya English can be reached at english@sptimes.com. Follow her blog at blogs.tampabay.com/gators.

Vanderbilt Commodores still honoring Tampa's Kwane Doster 11/07/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 7, 2009 11:52pm]

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