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By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, September 4, 2015 - 01:21

For much of its 2015 season opener against Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt did everything but score.

When the Commodores did finally score a touchdown, with 33 seconds to play, the best it could hope for was to tie it up and force overtime. That didn’t work out, though, and they lost 14-12 Thursday at Vanderbilt Stadium.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, September 4, 2015 - 01:17

If good things come to those who wait, then Tennessee Titans fans were certainly due.

Marcus Mariota finally rewarded them on his last throw of the preseason. The rookie quarterback connected with Harry Douglas for a 59-yard touchdown, his first – and only – touchdown pass in 30 preseason attempts.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, September 4, 2015 - 01:11

The Tennessee Titans started fast in their 24-17 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. It provided a much-needed momentum boost given the way their previous game against Kansas City went.

A closer look at some of the players and plays that made a difference:

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 15:01

For Ken Whisenhunt, the primary purpose of preseason games is to help reduce the roster.

His counterpart in Thursday’s 2015 preseason finale, Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer, looks to be more intent on piling up wins. Or maybe it’s just worked out that way.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 14:58

It has been said that you can never have too much of a good thing. For Middle Tennessee State, this is true of it running backs, in terms of their numbers and experience.

“There’s not a bell cow right now but I’ve been very pleased with the progress that those guys have made in camp so far,” coach Rick Stockstill said. “We’ve got three running backs that I feel could start for a lot of teams across the country. They’re very selfless players and they’ve got a wonderful attitude.”

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:51

There is no preseason in college football.

The best anyone can do is guess which teams will be good, which won’t and to what degree in each case. Often, those impressions are based largely on what happened the previous season. Thus, Thursday night’s season opener between Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky (7 p.m., SEC Network) looks like a dangerous game for the Commodores given their 2104 struggles.

Guess again, say Vanderbilt’s players and coaches.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 09:40

Derek Mason has been honest about what happened last season.

Honest with himself. Honest with everyone else.

He owned up to some mistakes with the staff changes he made after the Commodores went 3-9 in his first season in charge. He also admitted publicly that there were things about being a head coach for which he was not prepared – and let’s face it, the SEC is hardly the best place to learn on the job.

Such candor is rare for someone is his position, yet he remains consistent in that regard.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 16:15

It was considered one of the most memorable games of the University of Tennessee’s 2014 football season.

And the Volunteers did not even win.

So there’s a chance the whole ‘Checker Neyland’ thing can be a bigger success the second time around.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 13:56

Not every member of the Chicago Blackhawks was thrilled with goalie Scott Darling’s unexpected star turn against the Nashville Predators in this year’s NHL playoffs.

Antti Raanta, the third string goalie during Chicago’s run to a third Stanley Cup in six years, actually rooted against him and his team.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 13:31

Even at 5-foot-8 – or perhaps because he is so small – C.J. Sanders has managed to stand out on the Notre Dame football team.

And he has done so before he has played his first game.

Coach Brian Kelly said this week that Sanders, a true freshman, would be the starting punt returner for the Fighting Irish when they open the season Saturday against Texas (6:30 p.m., NBC).