Reserve linebacker who has seen limited action over the past two seasons... gained a lot of reps in the spring due to several injuries at the middle linebacking position and showed flashes of brilliance but hampered by inconsistency... earned a letter as a true freshman in 2006... named pronounced van-DARE-ul.
2007: Saw limited action in four games... played fairly extensively in the opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, then sparingly against Georgia, South Carolina State and Arkansas... credited with a pair of tackles, both against ULL.
2006: Took the redshirt off by appearing against Auburn in the season's fifth game... appeared in each of the last nine games on both defense and special teams... logged five tackles, all solo stops... had two tackles each against Auburn and Arkansas... credited with a pair of tackles for loss.
High School: Graduated from Riverdale (Ga.) High School in 2006 where he was coached by Nic Davis... ranked as the #37 outside linebacker in the nation and the #36 player in the state of Georgia regardless of position by Rivals.com... helped Riverdale to an 8-3 record as a senior, making 120 tackles and 20 tackles for loss... forced two fumbles and blocked a kick his senior year... earned a spot on the Class AAAAA first-team All-State squad, according to NFLHS.com... Metro Atlanta Defensive Player of the Year... an honorable mention All-State honoree by the GHSA and by the Georgia Sports Writers Association... honor roll student was a member of the math club and was the winner of the Math Excellence award.
Personal: Vandaral Ricardo Shackleford Jr. was born July 25, 1988... working towards a degree in criminal justice... uncle, Reggie Austin, played for the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings... chose South Carolina over offers from Georgia, North Carolina, Duke and Vanderbilt.