Vanderbilt looks to bounce back this week when it hosts Tennessee State at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday.
NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt looks to bounce back this week when it hosts Tennessee State at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday.
On Tuesday, head coach Derek Mason met the media to preview the matchup with the cross-town program. He was joined by offensive lineman Bruno Reagan and linebacker Josh Smith.
Here’s what the Dores had to say:
• Mason said Vanderbilt spent quality time on film review of the South Carolina loss. “This team had to look at film on Sunday and realize exactly where we are. It’s all information that gives you an opportunity to look at the film, see where you’re at and talk about what needs to be fixed.”
• What fixes did Mason see on film? “I’ll keep those things in house. I know the tackling wasn’t what we needed it to be.”
• Mason on Tennessee State: “TSU is always going to be athletic… They’ve got athletes, they’re putting up points, they’re athletic as all get-out on both sides of the ball.”
• Mason on giving running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn more than the nine carries he had vs. South Carolina: “We’ve got to stay on the field enough to give him more carries.”
• Mason said freshman wide receiver Cam Johnson will miss the rest of the 2018 season with a leg injury.
• Vanderbilt struggled to find its footing after a loss to Alabama in 2017. But Mason said Saturday’s loss to South Carolina felt different. “It didn’t feel like that. I don’t think this team came out of this game feeling beaten. I thought this team came out of this game feeling like we left it out there.”
• Mason said protection issues contributed to an off game for quarterback Kyle Shurmur vs. the Gamecocks: “Tough day at the office. I don’t get much into over-criticizing Kyle. Listen, this a game where when you play that position, you get all the credit but you get all the blame. What it came down to was, he had a rough day at the office.”
• Reagan said Vanderbilt’s issues were evident during film study: “Always a chance for improvement. We got back and watched the film, and it’s not what you want to see as a product… All we can do now is work on it and move on.”
• Smith, a Murfreesboro native, said he knows a few players on Tennessee State’s roster. “I have a couple of friends I played high school ball with who are on the team. A close game, it brings you back to high school a bit.”
Zac Ellis is the Writer and Digital Media Editor for Vanderbilt Athletics.