|Posted by Russell on October 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM|
If anyone's benefited from the Vanderbilt controversy this year, it's Jonathan Krause. No, he's not USC fan, looking to pry James Franklin away from his current employer. He's Vandy's other starting wide receiver, next Jordan Matthews, the soon to be All-American and NFL Draft pick. When Vandy's other sure handed reciver, Chris Boyd, was suspended and dismissed from the team, a starting spot landed right in Krause lap.
He's taken full advantage of the chance, and is having a career season through the first 6 games. Krause has 24 catches for 430 yards and 2 touchdowns, much improved from his 2012 campaign, which saw Krause catch just 9 passes for 69 yards. Anyone who had watched Vandy football had certainly heard of Krause, as he had a strong freshman campaign and has also been a special teams factor. But until his breakout performance against UMass in September, Krause had yet to catch a single touchdown pass. After a 100 yard performance in Boston, Krause returned to Nashville for another 100 yard game against UAB. Despite a tough loss to Missouri last week, Krause had 81 yards and another touchdown.
The emergence of Jonathan Krause is great news for Vandy fans. The loss of Chris Boyd seemed that it would wreak havoc on Vanderbilt's season. With Matthews and now Krause both having career years, it's not the wide receivers that are keeping Vanderbilt from winning big games. Krause has given new starting QB Austyn Carta-Samuels a solid number 2 option, as Matthews often draws lots of attention from opposing defenses.
When next May rolls around, Matthews will likely hear his named called in the first or second round. Don't count Krause out; his twitter background picture features an NFL football which clearly shows his pro aspirations. While he may not be receiving the attention of his counterpart, Krause has terrific speed and can make plays. With a strong final 6 games Krause may get the attention of some NFL scouts as well. But first, he and Matthews have some games to win.
Jonathan Krause #17 of the Vanderbilt Commodores stiff arms Buddy Mitchell #27 of the Austin Peay Governors at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (zimbio.com)