HOOVER, Ala. - It was the fall of 2008, and while playing high school football at nearby Montgomery Bell Academy, Wesley Johnson got caught in the groundswell of enthusiasm surrounding Vanderbilt football.
Then-Commodores coach Bobby Johnson had not only just guided the program to its first winning season and bowl game berth since 1982, but also delivered the teams first bowl victory since 1974 with a Music City Bowl triumph over Boston College.
Indeed, things were looking up for a long-suffering program, and Johnson wanted to be a part of all the excitement.
"When I was initially being recruited, it was kind of why I committed (to Vanderbilt) in the first place," Johnson, a senior left tackle and team co-captain, said Thursday morning prior to running the gauntlet at SEC Media Days. "We had just won the Music City Bowl ... We were coming off that, and everybody in Nashville was really on the bandwagon."
But just as quickly, the program failed to seize the moment and stalled dea...