Vanderbilt wide receiver Trent Sherfield, right, pulls in a touchdown pass over Austin Peay defensive back David Wall during the third quarter on Sept. 19, 2015. Vanderbilt *wide receiver Trent Sherfield (10) tries to catch a pass as he’s defended by Austin Peay defensive back Donovan Jackson during the first quarter at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. Introducing Trent Sherfield.Step aside, Earl Bennett. Thanks for the mentorship, Jordan Matthews.The 6-foot sophomore wide receiver entered the Vanderbilt record book on Saturday when he caught 16 passes for a school-record 240 receiving yards in Vanderbilt’s 47-7 rout of Austin Peay on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium.His performance highlighted a refreshing positive for a Commodores football team plagued by offensive inconsistencies and lapses in their back-to-back season-opening home losses to Western Kentucky and Georgia.And before y’all jump up and down and cite that the effort came against an inferior Football Championship Subdivision opponent, know this: Bennett’s previous record of 223 yards was set on Sept. 1, 2007, against Richmond. The Spiders play in the FCS.“Hot guys get the ball,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. “If you want to be a playmaker, get out, do your job, make plays. There is plenty of opportunities in this offense for a lot of guys to get balls. It just so happens, based on the coverage that they played, based on the matchups, he happened to be the guy on the spot. Sixteen catches. What a night.”Vanderbilt puts up record numbers vs. Austin PeayIn his first 14 collegiate games, Sherfield had just six receptions for 116 yards. Four of those catches came in the season-opening game against Western Kentucky. In his freshman season, he caught just one pass and did not play in five games.Yet, teammates Ralph Webb and Johnny McCrary said it was only a matter of time before Sherfield established himself as one of Vanderbilt’s top playmakers. Both cited Shefield’s hard work ethic.“I come to work every week with the same mentality, and that’s to dominate every week,” Sherfield said. “You never want to feel like you’ve arrived.”He credited Matthews, Vanderbilt’s all-time leading receiver with 262 catches and 19 100-yard receiving games, for helping him develop. Matthews worked with Sherfield during the offseason.“I’m trying to follow in his footsteps on the way he worked,” Sherfield said. “I’ve seen what he did when he was here … just follow the path that he set while he was here.”Any other day it would have been quarterback Johnny McCrary (28 of 33 for a career-high 368 yards) or running back Webb 76 total yards, three touchdowns) grabbing the spotlight.But not on Saturday.“He made great plays,” McCrary said. “When you start executing like that, things are going to open up.”As the game progressed and the Vanderbilt lead widened, the biggest mystery was whether the coaches would allow Sherfield to remain in the game long enough to get the record.Sherfield tied Bennett’s record late in the third quarter when he caught an 11-yard pass. One play later, McCrary scored on a 16-yard run as the quarter ended.QB Wade Freebeck makes season debut for VanderbiltWhen Vanderbilt got the ball again early in the fourth quarter, McCrary and Webb were replaced in the lineup. Sherfield stayed in the game.“I wanted him to have the record,” Mason said. “You reward guys for the work they do. When he got the catch, I got him out of the game. When there are records to be broken, why settle for second when first is available?”Backup quarterback Wade Freebeck‘s first pass to Sherfield went incomplete. On the next play, however, he connected on a 17-yard reception to set the record. Sherfield then was taken out of the game. “He works the hardest,” Mason said. “Out of anybody out there, other than Ralph Webb, when you come out to practice, you notice Trent Sherfield. He’s running, he’s blocking, he’s doing all of the things he should do. He got his just-due today. It’s just a small taste of what Trent Sherfield can do. Now he has to do it every day. Do it every week in the SEC.”Austin Peay defensive back Donovan Jackson was matched up against Sherfield often. He allowed several of the receptions, including a 26-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.“He wasn’t really difficult to guard actually. He got me on a post route,” Jackson said. “I mean, he made a play on it, and I give respect for that. But other than that, we was kind of in a bailed off coverage and he nickled and dimed his way down the field.”Mason said he’s been talking about Sherfield’s ability since the first day he put on the black-and-gold practice uniform.“From the day he stepped on the football field, you saw his speed, his agility,” Mason said. ” And for his size, he is strong. For him, it’s been a growth process. I’ve been talking about Trent Sherfield for a year. Finally, he comes into his own. It was Trent’s day. Now what he needs to do is put good work on top of good work.”Reach Dave Ammenheuser at 615-259-8352 and on Twitter @NashSportsEd. UNDERSTANDING SHERFIELD’S BIG DAY Sophomore Trent Sherfield caught 16 passes for a Vanderbilt-record 240 yards against Austin Peay on Saturday. Earl Bennett had owned the record with 223 receiving yards against Richmond on Sept. 1, 2007.Jordan Matthews, who had 19 100-plus yard games, had a personal high of 178 yards against Ole Miss on Aug. 29, 2013. Sherfield’s 240 yards ranks 12th all-time by a SEC receiver. Arkansas’ Cobi Hamilton had 303 receiving yards against Rutgers in 2012. Quarterback Johnny McCrary passed for 368 yards, the seventh-highest all-time single-game performance in Vanderbilt history. He completed 28 of 33 passes, a 84.8 percent completion rank which ranks first all-time for a Commodore.