Vanderbilt defense ready to correct mistakes after ugly loss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Inconsistency. Bad technique. Lack of effort and discipline. Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason saw all that and more out of his Commodores in their first road trip, and he knows exactly what he wants next: To forget the 38-7 loss at Georgia Tech. Simply focus on their first trip ever to Western Kentucky because nobody else will be running the same offense the Yellow...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt Releases Two-Deep for Western Kentucky; Ralph Webb to KR

Also, Nehemiah Mitchell is off the depth chart after not playing against Georgia Tech. Vanderbilt released its latest two-deep ahead of the Western Kentucky game today: VU 2-deep for the short trip north this weekend to take on Western Kentucky.— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) September 20, 2016 As some commenters have noted, in 2016...
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10 days ago

WATCH: 9.20.16 - Vanderbilt Weekly Press Conference - Kyle Shurmur, Ralph Webb

Vanderbilt offensive players Kyle Shurmur and Ralph Webb address the media prior to the Commodores' game with Western Kentucky on September 24, 2016.

WATCH: 9.20.16 - Vanderbilt Weekly Press Conference - Adam Butler and Oren Burks

Vanderbilt's Oren Burks and Adam Butler addressed the media prior to the Commodores' game with Western Kentucky on September 24.

WATCH: 9.20.16 - Derek Mason Weekly Press Conference - Western Kentucky

Vanderbilt head football coach Derek Mason meets with the media prior the Commodores' game with the Hilltoppers on December 24.

SEC announces Week 5 TV schedule; Vanderbilt set for 11 AM CT kickoff

The Commodores’ game against Florida will be televised on the SEC Network. The Southeastern Conference released its Week 5 television schedule on Monday. The Vanderbilt Commodores are set for an 11 AM CT kickoff against the Florida Gators. This is the second year in a row that the Commodores and Gators will meet in an early kickoff. Last year’s game between the two also kicked...
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11 days ago

The Statistical: The passing game worked, and exactly nothing else did.

There’s really no good way to spin this box score. Georgia Tech 38, Vanderbilt 7 -- Five Factors Vanderbilt Georgia Tech Total Yards 275 511 Plays 61 63 Yards Per Play 4.51 8.11 Points Per Play 0.11 0.60 Success Rate 37.7% 41.9% Rushing Success Rate 21.4% 47.7% Passing Success Rate 51.5% 27.8% Avg. Starting Field Position 21.1 35.0 Points Per Scoring...
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12 days ago

The football program is bad, but David Williams just signaled he’s not okay with that.

If Vanderbilt thought the current state of the program were acceptable, they wouldn’t be talking about a new stadium. On Friday, Vanderbilt University Vice Chancellor slash de facto Athletic Director (without the title) David Williams told the Tennessean’s Adam Sparks that the university plans to replace Vanderbilt Stadium, the archaic structure that has been the Commodores...
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12 days ago

Quick slant: Vanderbilt dominated by Georgia Tech

The Vanderbilt Commodores needed a strong performance today. They didn’t get one. Not that they’ve been good this year, no one quite expected to see Vanderbilt dominated the way they were. The game was over from the first offensive play. 20 seconds in, Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas completed a pass ten yards to Marcus Marshall, who proceeded to outrun the entire Vanderbilt...
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13 days ago

An Early Look at Potential Football Coaching Hires

Culled from the Anchor of Gold commentariat. Listen, as comedian Mike Birbiglia likes to say: I'm in the future, also.  In retrospect, Derek Mason, though an intriguing defensive coordinator at a similar school academically and athletically--and one that has had football success in the latter since the Jim Harbaugh era--was in over his head het as a head coach.  It happens.  He...
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13 days ago

Vanderbilt has no answer for Georgia Tech’s offense, falls 38-7

The Commodore defense got undressed by the Yellow Jackets’ unorthodox offense. After more than two seasons as Vanderbilt’s head coach, Derek Mason has never seen a winning record. He lost another opportunity to climb to the happy side of .500 on Saturday when Georgia Tech sliced through the Commodore defense en route to a 38-7 win. The Yellow Jackets’ flexbone option kept...
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13 days ago

WATCH: 2016 ReVealed: MTSU - ReVealed from the Commodores 47-24 win over MTSU

Lessons in Vanderbilt Football: MTSU

Improve your knowledge like Vanderbilt improved it’s PPG! It is always better to learn from success. Vanderbilt football found some success as they handled MTSU to the tune of 47-24. Those 47 points are the most against an FBS opponent since a 52-24 beatdown of UAB in 2013. It also matches the 47 points put up against FCS foe Austin Peay as the most points scored during the...
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14 days ago

Saturday Predictions: Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech handled Boston College’s ferocious defense. So what can Vandy do that the Eagles couldn’t? Vanderbilt is one win away from having its first-ever winning record under Derek Mason. Standing in the Commodores’ way is a hungry Georgia Tech team eager to play Jermaine Dupri for the weekend and welcome them to Atlanta. A 1-1 Vandy team faces a long road to bowl eligibility...
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14 days ago

Tennessean: David Williams working on preliminary plans to replace Vanderbilt Stadium

An exclusive report from the Tennessean suggests Vanderbilt’s days of playing in a concrete shell may soon be over. Vanderbilt Stadium is the least impressive home field in the SEC. Athletic Director David Williams knows that, and he aims to make a change. Williams sat down with the Tennessean’s Adam Sparks for an exclusive interview where he made his plans to replace Vanderbilt...
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14 days ago

Georgia Tech bracing for power runs from Vandy's Webb

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech's relentless spread-option attack with its triple-option potential is known for causing sleepless nights for defensive coordinators. Most of the Yellow Jackets' yards usually come on the ground. This week Georgia Tech also has to worry about stopping the run when Southeastern Conference rushing leader Ralph Webb leads Vanderbilt against the Yellow Jackets...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Wade Freebeck and the Dilemma of the Experienced Backup Quarterback

You know what’s worse than Derek Mason’s quarterback management? Not having a viable backup. Oh, we’ve heard the reasons. I guess you could call them reasons. "I thought (quarterback Kyle Shurmur) had rhythm on the touchdown drive. But that was a situation where me and (offensive coordinator) Andy (Ludwig) had talked about it." That was Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason...
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15 days ago

Vanderbilt releases 2017 football schedule; Alabama is coming to Nashville

The Crimson Tide will come to Vanderbilt Stadium for the first time since 2007. The Vanderbilt Commodores played the Alabama Crimson Tide every year from 1945 to 2002, but since then, they’ve played only three times: in 2006, 2007, and 2011. But the Tide are once again on Vanderbilt’s schedule in 2017, as the Commodores released their football schedule for next season on Tuesday...
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16 days ago

Vanderbilt makes some changes in the return game

Other than that, the depth chart for Georgia Tech is basically the same as last week. The Commodores' depth chart for Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech. #RTI— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) September 13, 2016 The Vanderbilt Commodores released their latest two-deep ahead of Saturday’s game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets,...
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17 days ago

WATCH: Vanderbilt Football Weekly Press Conference - 9.13.16 Darius Sims and Trent Sherfield

Darius Sims and Trent Sherfield spoke with the media on September 13th prior to the Commodores' game with Georgia Tech.

WATCH: Vanderbilt Football Tuesday Press Conference 9.13.16 - Barrett Gouger

Vanderbilt offensive lineman Barrett Gouger spoke with the media on September 13th prior to the Commodores' game with Georgia Tech.

WATCH: Derek Mason's Tuesday Press Conference

Vanderbilt head football coach Derek Mason spoke with the media on September 13th prior to the Commodores' game with Georgia Tech.

Explainer: Why not to go for 2 in the second quarter

Here’s why you take the easy points early in the game. With 14:57 left in the second quarter on Saturday, Khari Blasingame punched in a touchdown run that gave Vanderbilt a lead of 11-10, extra point pending. Derek Mason sent out Tommy Openshaw to kick the extra point. This was absolutely the correct move. Why don’t you go for two in this situation? After all, a two-point...
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17 days ago

Quick slant: Vanderbilt Commodores ride ground game to victory

It was the Ralph Webb show on Saturday night. The junior tailback for the Vanderbilt Commodores has quietly become a star in the SEC, and his ground game led to an important 47 to 24 win. The true definition of a workhorse back, Webb ran around, through, and literally over the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders defense. Ralph Webb airborn! — John Decker ...
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18 days ago

The Commodore Review: A confident Kyle Shurmur is the key to Vandy’s bowl hopes

Ralph Webb ran wild, but it was Kyle Shurmur’s turnaround that brought hope to the Commodores For one dry hour, Vanderbilt looked like an unchanged team from its prior week defeat to South Carolina. Kyle Shurmur hadn’t completed a single pass. Through six drives, the offense had gained 57 total yards. The only difference was bounces and defensive opportunities were falling in...
Via Anchor of Gold
18 days ago
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