2013 Results: 9-4 4th in the East (4-4); won the Compass Bowl over Houston
2013 Highlight: Back to back bowl games and 9 win seasons.
2013 Lowlight: Head Coach James Franklin bolted for the money at Penn State.
2014 Outlook: New coach Derrick Mason has been very positive as he’s talked about his team in the offseason. He certainly has his work cut out for him though. A big priority is finding replacements for two receivers that accounted for 2,191 yards and 10 TDs.
Biggest Issue to Solve: Quarterback. Early in camp there were 3 guys looking to gain the starting job, but it looks like Mason has settled on Patton Robinette. Robinette has the most experience of the group. His play will be critical to the team’s success. If he can’t get it done LSU transfer Stephen Rivers, younger brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, will be waiting in the wings for his shot at leading the offense.
Key Players: DL Adam butler, LB Darreon Herring, OT Andrew Jelks, C Joe Towsend
Most Important Game: Sept. 6th vs. Ole Miss; the first conference game of Mason’s career and we could find out how willing his team is to compete in the SEC.
Media Prediction (SEC finish): 6th SEC East
My Prediction (SEC finish): 6th SEC East (1-7)
My Overall Record Prediction: 5-7
Why?: The James Franklin regime/dream is over for Vandy. I think it’s back down to Earth and that means back down to the bottom of the SEC East. Lucky for them there’s always Kentucky to land on, so they won’t quite hit the bottom of the cellar. There’s too much inexperience on offense for this team to be a serious player in the conference.