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Derek Mason won’t say “Tennessee” when talking about Vols

Posted on 26 November 2014 by Allen

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Derek Mason channeled his inner-Coach Dinardo earlier this week when he referred to Tennessee as the “team out East” earlier this week in his weekly press conference. Vanderbilt will host UT Saturday at Dudley Field in their last game of the season. Tennessee needs a win to become bowl eligible and Vandy need a win to have something to build on in the offseason.

Former Vanderbilt coach Gerry Dinardo refused to say Tennesse while he was on West End and also referred to UT as “the team to the east”. He went 45-0, 29-25, 62-14 and 65-0 against the Vols during his tenure as head coach during the 90s.

UT coach Butch Jones had a little fun with it and exclaimed, “It’s a beautiful day for the team from the East to practice,” yesterday after practice.

Vandy and “The Team out East” will play Saturday in Nashville live on the SEC Network at 3 PM CT. Tennessee is a 17 point favorite.

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Derek Mason Mississippi State Post Game Press Conference Video

Derek Mason Mississippi State Post Game Press Conference Video

Posted on 22 November 2014 by Allen

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Mississippi State smoked Vandy tonight in Starkville 51-0 in the worst loss in years. The Commodores were never in the game and the score could’ve been a lot worse than it actually was.

Derek Mason addressed the media after the game and says he is looking forward to Tennessee next week where Johnny McCrary will be the quarterback after Patton Robinette going down to injury.

I thought we executed poorly. Really in all three phases… We have to better. I talked to the team and told them that’s not us. We are practice better than that and we have to play better and that’s on me. I thoguht we were well prepared to play this game. We didn’t finish how we needed to finish… I told out guys we have one game left and that’s Tennessee.

It’s interesting to note that Mason was asked if he was angry about the loss. He responded he was disappointed. James Franklin would’ve been furious.

Vandy has a week to get ready to play Tennessee in Nashville next week.

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Mason boots Jerron Seymour from Vanderbilt football team

Mason boots Jerron Seymour from Vanderbilt football team

Posted on 20 November 2014 by Allen

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Last year’s leading rusher for the Vanderbilt football team has been kicked off the team. Today it was announced that Jerron Seymour has been dismissed from the team for violating team rules. According to a source close to the program the running back got into an altercation with an assistant coach earlier in the week and that is what did him in.

Seymour hasn’t played much this year due to injuries. He had played sparingly in 6 games and only rushed for 123 yards. Last season the junior accounted for 716 yards and 14 touchdowns, 3 of which were against Florida.

Coach Mason suspended Seymour earlier this season for the Charleston Southern game due to an unspecified team rule that was broken. He did get one carry against Missouri and Old Dominion but was buried on the depth chart behind Ralph Webb and Dallas Rivers.

Derek Mason has now kicked off two running backs who were big parts of the Commodore offense. Brian Kimbrow was booted two months ago after a tumultuous stint that drew the ire of Mason and former coach James Franklin. It isn’t a secret that Kimbrow had a bad attitude and Mason had had enough.

Without Seymour and Kimbrow Coach Mason has turned to Ralph Webb and Dallas Rivers. Webb has rushed for 843 yards on the year and still has two more games to go. He already has the school’s rushing record and has a chance to get 1,000 yards in his first year.

Vanderbilt will play #4 Mississippi State in Starkville Saturday.

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3 Star RB Bussey offered by Dores

3 Star RB Bussey offered by Dores

Posted on 07 October 2014 by Allen

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Vanderbilt and Derek Mason has offered 3 star running back Kendall Bussey from Newman High School in New Orleans. Bussey made the announcement today on Twitter.

Bussey rushed for 184 yards on Thursday night and had 3 touchdowns. The 5’8 190 lb. back now has 19 TDs on the season.

Vanderbilt isn’t the only school to recently offer him. USC and Texas A&M also have offered a scholarship this month. Last month Notre Dame and Indiana came calling. Unfortunately Bussey verbally committed to Nebraska in January. If he continues to perform like he has this year his stock keep rising and if he becomes a 4 or 5 star recruit all bets are off and he could flip.

Should the Dores land Bussey he could see some playing time right away. Ralph Webb is the #1 back with Jerron Seymour battling injuries. Brian Kimbrow stays in the doghouse and he may not even be with the team next year. Dallas Rivers has had some carries but he is clearly the #3 guy and hasn’t done a lot to get more carries.

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Robinette not listed on depth chart for Charleston Southern

Robinette not listed on depth chart for Charleston Southern

Posted on 06 October 2014 by Allen

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Patton Robinette has been on the sidelines since sustaining a concussion against South Carolina. He has been battling injuries all year and this week he is no listed on the depth chart for Charleston Southern. Wade Freebeck is listed as the starer and Phillip Rivers is the backup.

It’s really unfortunate that Robinette is still not healthy. He seems to be the guy that team has confidence in even though he doesn’t really fit what Karl Dorrell wants to do on offense. Robinette led the team to it’s only win in September when Vanderbilt beat UMass at home.

Derek Mason seems really high on Wade Freebeck and his big arm. But as we saw last week they have a short leash on him. If Freebeck can’t move the offense against the Buccaneers during homecoming it’s likely we will see Rivers again. When the offense was sputtering against Georgia Mason pulled Freebeck and put in the transfer from LSU. Rivers sparked the offense and scored on his first possession. The Commodores lost 44-17 but in the second and third quarters the team showed a lot more fight than they have for most of the year.

What is really ironic about the depth chart is that Johnny McCrary is not listed at all. McCrary was a 4 star QB coming out of high school and he seems to really have fallen out of favor with the coaching staff. There were whispers that he was going to be James Franklin’s guy this year had he not gone to Penn State.

Vanderbilt really needs a win this week. If they can’t beat Charleston Southern it’s going to be ugly. The offense has sputtered all year. The defense has gotten better each week but the Buccaneers come to town 5-0 with a really good QB who is averagin6 over 300 yards passing each game.

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Jordan Cunningham takes a leave of absence from Vandy football team

Jordan Cunningham takes a leave of absence from Vandy football team

Posted on 23 September 2014 by Allen

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In two days Vanderbilt has lost two football players who were highly touted recruits. Yesterday Brian Kimbrow was suspended indefinitely and today Coach Mason announced that receiver Jordan Cunningham was taking a leave of absence from the team for person reasons. Cunningham addressed the team this morning.

Cunningham was a 4 star receiver when he graduated high school two years ago. He had offers from Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, and Notre Dame but chose Vanderbilt for the academics and of course James Franklin.

In his freshman year he caught 15 balls for 123 yards but he didn’t see a lot of playing time due to the talent at receiver position with Jonathan Krause and Jordan Matthews. It was thought Cunningham would have an impact this season but so far he has faded into obscurity only catching four passes in the first two games. He didn’t play against UMass and wasn’t even dressed for South Carolina on Saturday.

Hopefully Cunningham can take some time away from football to get things right and come back to help the team finish the season strong.

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Carolina expects Mason to run the ball

Carolina expects Mason to run the ball

Posted on 18 September 2014 by Allen

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No. 14/16 South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 SEC) continued workouts at the Bluff Road practice fields Thursday afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1 SEC). Kickoff for the contest is 7:30 p.m. ET at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville. The game will be televised nationally on the SEC Network with Brent Musberger and Jesse Palmer in the booth and Maria Taylor on the sidelines. It is also available on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”

South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward met with the media after practice. Ward and the Gamecock defense is preparing for a new offensive system from Vanderbilt this year as Derek Mason is in his first season at the helm of the Commodores’ program.

“They are going to do a lot of things that Georgia did,” said Ward. (They) play two tight ends, move them around, two-back sets.”

“They run the football, added Ward. “I know Coach Mason from when he was at Stanford, he and I spent some time together, he wants to be a physical football team so we have to be ready to play a physical football game.”

Ward is hopeful that the defense will show progress after the first three weeks of play.

“We still have a lot of room for improvement,” noted Ward. “(Our) offense has played pretty well but we haven’t played very well on defense yet.”

Coach Ward indicated that senior Brison Williams may move to safety on Saturday and if that change occurs, the likely starters at cornerback will be Al Harris Jr. and Rico McWilliams.

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Thompson looking to keep momentum going against Dores

Thompson looking to keep momentum going against Dores

Posted on 18 September 2014 by Allen

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The South Carolina Gamecocks continued their preparations for Saturday’s SEC Eastern Division battle with the Vanderbilt Commodores on Wednesday afternoon.

The No. 14/16 Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 SEC) and unranked Commodores (1-2, 0-1 SEC) will meet at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville. The contest will be televised nationally on the SEC Network with Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer in the booth and Maria Taylor on the sidelines.

Defensive tackle J.T. Surratt returned to practice on Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday’s practice with a sore back. Offensive guard Cody Waldrop did not practice on Wednesday as he remains sidelined with a right knee injury.

Senior quarterback Dylan Thompson is coming off one of the best game’s of his career in the 38-35 win over Georgia and hopes to build on that this week. “I just try to do my job,” said Thompson. “You just trust in your coaches, trust in the guys around you no matter what. I think we did a good job of that in the game and try to do that in practice and get ready for a tough game this week.”

Thompson does not expect a let down this week after last week’s win over the nation’s sixth-ranked team. “We try to forget games when they’re done. We just try to come out here and get better. Vandy’s the next team that we play. We’re excited to go up there for a challenge. We didn’t look too good when we went there last time. We’ll try to go up there and put on a good show.”

The Gamecocks will be playing their first road game of the season this weekend. Thompson said he has learned from playing in a hostile environment in the past. “Just be smart with my decisions,” said Thompson. “That’s what I’ll try to do this weekend and every week. The road games in the SEC are tough and that’s what we’re expecting this weekend.”

The Gamecocks will return to the practice fields on Thursday afternoon before traveling to Nashville on Friday.

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Bills release Kenny Ladler, sign him to practice squad

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Bills release Kenny Ladler, sign him to practice squad

Posted on 31 August 2014 by Allen

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Former Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladler was released yesterday by Buffalo. The Bills had to get their roster down to 53 men along with every other NFL team yesterday afternoon and there wasn’t room for the former Commodore safety. But today Buffalo announced that they had signed Ladler to the 10 man practice squad.

The Bills practice squad will have DB Deon Broomfield, LB Jimmy Gaines, WR Caleb Holley, DE Ike Igbinosun, DE Bryan Johnson, and QB Jeff Tuel along with Ladler.

NFL practice squad players don’t make the same as players on the 53 man roster but they still do ok. Each practice squad player will make a minimum of $6,300 per week they are on the practice squad but they can make more depending on how much the player and club agree to. If a player does stay on the practice squad for the entire NFL regular season he would earn $107,000.

Ladler signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent in May. He had a very good camp but a numbers game kept him off the 53 man roster. He will have a chance to get called up is there are injuries during the season.

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Mason comments on loss to Temple in head coaching debut

Mason comments on loss to Temple in head coaching debut

Posted on 29 August 2014 by Allen

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Derek Mason made his head coaching debut last night in Nashville at home against Temple. Unfortunately for Mason is was a 37-7 drubbing at the hands of the Owls. The Commodores couldn’t get anything going on offense and the defense looked pretty bad too. Seven Commodore turnovers is the key stat in the game.

Mason insists that the sky isn’t falling.

“Listen, this is one football game in a season. I’ve been here before, and what you have to do is, you take it and you learn from it. You try to coach your guys, try to get your mistakes corrected and you’ve got nine days to get yourself ready to go play another football game.”

“This loss to me is no different than an overtime Notre Dame loss. A loss is a loss. I don’t care how you see it — whether it’s 7-6 or 37-7. You never like the way you lose, but the bottom line is that it doesn’t feels any different. It’s our first game and we made way too many mistakes.”

The Dores will play Ole Miss at LP Field next Saturday.

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SEC makes statement on Vandy’s Anchor Down jerseys

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SEC makes statement on Vandy’s Anchor Down jerseys

Posted on 29 August 2014 by Allen

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Last night a strange sequence events happened when Vanderbilt hosted Temple in Nashville.

First of all a downpour delayed the game for ann hour and a half. Then Vanderbilt didn’t bother to show up. But in the second quarter the ref made an announcement about Vanderbilt’s jerseys. Apparently they were not legal and the Dores would be penalized a timeout each quarter for using them.

Later in the second quarter Vandy AD David Williams produced an email that stated the jerseys were in face legal. Vandy got their timeouts back.

Today the SEC released a statement about the jerseys and there was some miscommunication between the school and the conference.

According to the SEC;

A miscommunication resulted in Vanderbilt wearing jerseys during its football game Thursday night that are not permissible under the NCAA football uniform regulations. Before production of the jerseys, Vanderbilt sought approval of the jersey design from the NCAA, which included the words “Anchor Down” on the back panel. The NCAA responded with written approval of the design as presented and Vanderbilt proceeded with the jersey production, assuming the approval was applicable to the slogan as well as the colors and overall design in the submitted layout.

NCAA football regulations do not permit the use of slogans on jerseys. Vanderbilt was originally penalized for the jerseys during the game and after being shown the written correspondence, the head referee also interpreted the correspondence to mean the slogan had been approved. Vanderbilt has been notified it cannot wear the slogan on its jersey for future games and has agreed to comply.

With the way Derek Mason’s team played those jerseys should be burned and never used again. Vanderbilt lost 37-7.

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Vandy falls to Temple 37-7

Vandy falls to Temple 37-7

Posted on 29 August 2014 by Allen

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After an hour and 37 minute lighting delay, the Temple defense decided to light up Vandebilt Stadium in a 37-7 stunner of a win in front of 31,731 fans. The night was highlighted by an amazing performance by the defense, which included two forced fumbles by sophomore DL Averee Robinson and only allowing the Commodores to 107 total yards in the first half. Overall, the defense forced seven turnovers, including three interceptions – the same total they had all last season.

With the win, Temple recorded its first victory over an SEC team since a 20-12 win at Florida on December 3, 1938.

On the first drive of the game, the Owls looked promising, but failed to convert a first down and freshman Alex Starzyk was forced to punt it away.

The first drive for the Commodores didn’t amountb to anything, as the ‘Dores were held to only 3 total yards, with the assistance of junior DL Matt Ioannidis and junior LB Tyler Makatevich tackles on first- and second-down, respectively. Vanderbilt was forced to punt for the first time after junior DL Sharif Finch sacked QB Pat Robinette.

The Owls were the first to score after Vanderbilt RB Brian Kimbrow was the victim of a Nate D. Smith forced fumble, which was recovered by Robinson at the Vanderbilt 40. From there, a four play, 40 yard drive ended with a 35-yard pass on 4th-and-5 from sophomore QB P.J. Walker to junior WR Brandon Shippen, the first catch of his career.

Vanderbilt opened the second quarter by punting the ball away, after junior DL Praise Martin-Oguike sacked Robinette, which marked the third sack of the half for the Owls.

The Owls then tried to get a something going, after facing a 3rd-and-21 situation, after a chopblock penalty was called against Temple. However, the Owls were forced to punt it away, and the ‘Dores would catch a break after freshman punter Alex Starzyk was unable to get a grip on a high snap. Oren Burks recovered the fumble in the end zone, tying up the game.

Once the Owls got the ball back and Walker had completed a pass to sophomore WR Khalif Herbin, the ball was put back into the ‘Dores hands, as the ball was stripped and Jake Sealand recovered at midfield. Vanderbilt was unable to capitalize on the mishap.

With a little over two minutes left before the half, Walker was able to launch a rocket to senior WR Jalen Fitzpatrick in the endzone, following Temple second successful 4th down attempt, an 11-yard completion to sophomore WR Nate Hairston on 4th and 7.

Even though Vanderbilt had the ball back following the Temple touchdown, the ‘Dores once again were unable to get any movement. New Vandy QB Stephen Rivers was sacked and Robinson recovered his second fumble of the night, running it 55-yards for the touchdown, making the halftime score 21-7 in favor of the Owls.

The third quarter started with Vanderbilt receiving the ball, but they were unable to score, as Hayden Lekacz’s field goal attempt went to the left of the uprights.

Once again, the Owls shined through the rest of the third quarter, as sophomre RB Jahad Thomas was able to recover a fumbled punt catch by Darrius Simms. This set up Austin Jones’ field goal to make the score 24-7. Vanderbilt decided to switch up their quarterbacks again, bringing Johnny McCrary into the game. However, his first pass was intercepted by junior DB Tavon Young.

Walker was able to run the ball four yards in for another Temple touchdown. On the next Vanderbily play, slight movement was made as they were able to make it out to their 34-yard line. But, Young was able to make his second interception. The Owls settle for a Jones field goal on the drive.

Vanderbilt once again hits a sour mark, after the kickoff was fumbled and freshman DB Artrell Foster was able to recover it. However, the Owls were unable to score as Jones was unable to put his kick through the uprights on the first play of the 4th quarter.

The night ended for the Owls with a junior kicker Tyler Mayes field goal, which sealed the deal at 37-7.

Walker went 24-34 with 207 yards of passing and two touchdowns, along with eight carries for 21 yards and another score. Jones was responsible for two field goals and four point-after attempts, racking his numbers up to 10 points.

Vanderbilt will face Ole Miss next Saturday at LP Field in Nashville.

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Krause, May and Spear released this week

Krause, May and Spear released this week

Posted on 27 August 2014 by Allen

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This week hasn’t been kind to Vanderbilt undrafted free agents who are trying to get a roster spot. Yesterday we reported that Chris Boyd was waived by the Cowboys. But he wasn’t the only Commodore receiver to get the axe. Former Jonathan Krause was let go by Cleveland yesterday. Krause had played well in the preseason but it came down to numbers and he didn’t make the cut.

Walker May was injured for most of camp and was cut by the Falcons. He did play in Atlanta’s first preseason game and registered a tackle but it wasn’t enough for the the Falcons to keep him around. May was waived on Sunday

Carey Spear was thought to have a shot at making the Eagles’ roster but after an unimpressive camp he was let go on Sunday.

Kenny Ladler and Andre Hal are the only lesser known Dores still on NFL rosters. Jordan Matthews, of course is a lock to make the Eagles after being picked in the second round. Ladler signed with the Bills in May after going undrafted. It’s thought that he could actually make the roster. Hal was picked up by Houston in the seventh round and has had a very good camp. In a preseason game against Atlanta two weeks ago Hal picked off TJ Yates in the fourth quarter and ran it back 64 yards for a touchdown.

All NFL clubs must be at a 53 man roster by Saturday afternoon. Each team gets 10 players for the practice squad that don’t count towards the roster. It will be interesting to see if guys like Krause or May get a second look for the practice squad once all rosters are finalized this weekend.

The NFL mandates that all teams must be at 53 players on Saturday afternoon. Each team gets 10 players for their practice squads that don’t count toward that number.

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Former Dore Boyd waived by Dallas

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Former Dore Boyd waived by Dallas

Posted on 26 August 2014 by Allen

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Former Vanderbilt receiver Chris Boyd didn’t make the roster for Dallas. The Cowboys waived him and made 13 cuts to players earlier today.

Boyd signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent in May and it was thought he might actually have a shot at making the roster after he made some very nice catches in camp. But with little playing time in the preseason and no catches in actual games it didn’t make sense for Dallas to keep him around. All NFL teams have to be at 53 players by 3 PM on Saturday afternoon.

Hopefully Boyd will find his way onto a roster or practice squad before the season kicks off in two weeks.

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