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By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, September 4, 2015 - 13:37

Andy Levitre lost his job as the Tennessee Titans’ starting left guard.

The veteran offensive lineman is not out of work, though.

The Titans traded him to the Atlanta Falcons on Friday for a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft and a conditional pick in a future year.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, September 4, 2015 - 10:07

After one game, there is reason to believe Derek Mason made the right call.

For his second year as Vanderbilt head coach, Mason assumed the additional role of defensive coordinator. With him making the calls in Thursday’s 14-12 season-opening loss to Western Kentucky, the defense played at a much higher level than it did a year ago. In so doing, it kept the numbers of WKU’s offense, led by sixth-year quarterback Brandon Doughty, well below what they were for most of 2014.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, September 4, 2015 - 08:56

Eddie George was not known for his quickness when he played for the Tennessee Titans. He was much more of a rugged, physical runner.

The franchise’s all-time leading rusher sure was quick to speak his mind, though, when asked about the U.S. District Court ruling Thursday that wiped out Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his assumed role in the so-called DeflateGate controversy.

Much like his running style, though, George got straight to the point.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, September 4, 2015 - 08:31

Immediately after their first game of the 2015 season, a 14-12 loss to Western Kentucky on Thursday, Vanderbilt players decided to play the blame game.

The Commodores, however, eschewed the traditional rules, which involve a lot of finger-pointing. Instead they opted for the less-common version in which everybody simply assumes as much responsibility as they can handle.

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.