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By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 05:10

There is no such thing as the perfect quarterback for Vanderbilt’s offense. Not under Derek Mason, that is.

Hence, the first-year coach’s decision on a starter won’t come down to which one looks to be the best fit. It will be based on which one makes the offense look best.

Earlier this week Mason removed two freshmen from consideration and focused on sophomore Patton Robinette, redshirt-freshman Johnny McCrary and LSU transfer Steven Rivers – all of who have their own unique abilities – as the leading candidates.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 14:31

Tip-off times and broadcast plans for the 2014 SEC/Big 12 were announced Tuesday – and it is clear that Vanderbilt is not considered a star attraction.

The Commodores’ game against Baylor on Dec. 4 will tip at 6 p.m. (CST) and will air on ESPNU. At the same time LSU and West Virginia will play on ESPN. Two other games follow that night.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 13:29

Vanderbilt’s Carson Jacobs made five birdies and shot a 3-under 69 Tuesday in the second round of the U.S. Amateur Championship, which effectively assured him a spot in the match play portion of the event.

After 36 holes of stroke play the rising junior from Hendersonville is 4-under and among the leaders with some of the field of 312 yet to start the second round. The top 64 following Tuesday advance to match play, which begins Wednesday.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 05:15

Coaches did not move Taylor Lewan around as they have done during training camp.

They also did not move on to someone else until they got a good, long look at him during the Tennessee Titans’ 20-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Saturday’s preseason opener for both teams.

Lewan, the first-round draft pick (11th overall) out of Michigan, played 47 snaps – more than three-quarters of the Titans’ offensive snaps in that contest. Guard Eric Olsen played the same number but no one else played more for Tennessee.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 05:05

Former Middle Tennessee prep stars Jalen Hurd and Derek Barnett were among four freshmen who had black stripes removed from their helmets prior to the University of Tennessee’s Monday morning workout.

It is a symbolic gesture based on input from the players and indicates those who have best integrated themselves into the program.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 15:00

James Franklin might have left behind some bad feelings when he left Vanderbilt for Penn State.

He also left behind some good players.

Overall, Franklin’s recruiting in three years as Commodores’ head coach probably won’t be as good as initially thought. His final recruiting class, though, looks as if it might be every bit as good as advertised – if not better.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 13:31

Butch Jones expects to name a starting quarterback before the end of this week.

That was the news out of the University of Tennessee’s Monday morning practice.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 13:18

Jalen Ramsey did something last season that no Florida State cornerback had done since Deion Sanders.

This season it seems the Brentwood Academy product is out to end any comparisons with Prime Time, an electrifying player but not exactly a physical presence.

Ramsey, the first Seminoles freshman since Sanders to start at cornerback, was kicked of out Sunday’s practice for being too aggressive. The final straw was when he made contact with quarterback and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 09:22

Five stories to read today:

From the Washington Post: "O'Bannon v. NCAA ruling could set up larger arguments over college sports, experts say"

A good run-down of what-it-all-means from Friday's decision from a California federal judge that the NCAA can't prevent conferences or schools from paying their football or men's basketball players (the judge finds a nice middle-ground — putting earnings in a trust awaiting the players after graduation — that the NCAA should accept and run with).

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 05:25

Bishop Sakney was busy Saturday.

That was to be expected. The last three running backs the Tennessee Titans drafted all led the team in rushing during the preseason of their rookie years.

It was the second-round pick’s division of labor in the 20-16 rain-soaked victory at LP Field Saturday that was notable. He led all players on either team with 13 carries (for 37 yards). He also caught three passes, which was tied with two others for the most by any player on either side.