SKenny Ladler

Vanderbilt — SEC
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 205
  • Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.
  • Age: 21

Bio

HONORS:  

• 2013 First Team All-SEC Defensive Back (Coaches)

• 2013 Second Team All-SEC Safety (Associated Press)

• 2013 All-SEC Safety (Phil Steele & Athlons)

• 2010 SEC All-Freshman Coaches)

2013 (SENIOR): Recognized for sensational senior campaign by both writers (First Team All-SEC safety), coaches (Second Team All-SEC DB) and Athlons... Also recognized on Phil Steele and Athlons postseason All-SEC squads... Saw action in all 13 games, earning 12 starting assignments as the Commodores' free safety... Paired with fellow senior Javon Marshall to form potent and experienced safety duo for Vanderbilt secondary... Topped the SEC and shared NCAA lead while setting a team record with five forced fumbles... Also topped the Commodores and ranked T-2nd in the SEC with five interceptions... Ladler's 65 solo tackles paced the squad and ranked 2nd in the SEC... Also led the Commodores with 91 total tackles... Averaged 9.0 tackles against SEC competition... Contributed at least three tackles in every game... Set new single-game high with 14 total tackles against both South Carolina and Missouri... Registered interceptions in consecutive, late-season SEC games against Texas A&M, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee... Had 10 total tackles, two forced fumbles and INT at Texas A&M... Career high of 10 solo tackles came at South Carolina... Had four tackles and a pair of defensed passes to aid 41-24 victory over Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl... Earned postseason invitation to the prestigious Reese's Senior Bowl.

2012 (JUNIOR): Ladler started all 13 games at free safety... Topped Commodore defense with 90 total tackles and shared team lead with fellow safety Javon Marshall with 60 solo stops... Also registered 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and two interceptions... Played one of his best games in Music City Bowl win over N.C. State by contributing team-high 10 tackles, a pick and fumble recovery, earning SI.com All-Bowl Team... Posted at least six tackles in 12 games... Set single-game career high with 11 tackles at Georgia... Opened the year with eventual season-high eight solo stops vs. South Carolina... Also registered interception and quarterback sack against Gamecocks.

2011 (SOPHOMORE): Ladler played in all 13 games, earning six starts... Finished season with 53 tackles, fourth on squad... Contributed at least three tackles in 10 of 13 games... Set a career-best 11 stops at Florida to lead the team... His nine solo stops against the Gators equaled Sean Richardson’s tackle output against Florida for the most by a Commodore safety... Posted seven tackles at South Carolina... Picked off his second career pass and first of the season in win over Connecticut... Also registered three tackles, including one for a loss, against Cincinnati in AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

2010 (FRESHMAN): Developed into one of the nation's top young safeties in the nation, earning Freshman All-SEC recognition by league coaches... Played in every game at strong safety... Earned nine starting assignments, including starts in the team's final eight games... Ranked fifth on team with 41 solo tackles and 57 total tackles... Also registered 5.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and interception... Posted four or more tackles in eight of those contests... Career-high tackle total (8) came at Arkansas... Had key fumble recovery in win at Ole Miss... First career interception came vs. Tennessee.

HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year starter in defensive secondary for AAAAA Atlanta power... As senior safety, helped team to undefeated regular season and second round of state playoffs, contributing 80 tackles, 45 solo stops, four interceptions and a forced fumble... Scored on punt return, interception return and blocked punt during 2009 season... Named honorable mention All-State... Had INT and four tackles in postseason DeKalb County East- West All-Star Game... Also sprinted on track squad.

ACADEMICS: Ladler completed an undergraduate degree in human and organizational development in December 2013.

PERSONAL: Kenneth Alfonzo Ladler Jr... Son of Erica and Kenneth Ladler Sr... Born June 23, 1992... Raised in the Atlanta area... One of four siblings: brother, Khalil; and sisters, Kenisha and Kaliah... Dad works in personal training; Mom is registered nurse.