SEC Media Days: Vanderbilt dreaming big

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HOOVER – James Franklin has left Vanderbilt for Penn State and this now begins the Derek Mason era for the Commodores. With Mason coming to Nashville, so have come huge goals for the program.

Vanderbilt is located in the SEC melting pot of Nashville and junior tight end Stephen Scheu knows what they need to do in order to get more people excited about the Commodores.

“Win is the easy answer,” Scheu said. “Just prove that we have solidified ourselves as a power in the SEC. Obviously the next step for our program is the SEC Championship and that’s our ultimate goal this year. I think once we can do that, our fan base will grow.”

SEC Championship and Vanderbilt football? That is something that the Commodores players speaking Monday at SEC Media Days said is being propped up as a goal for this program. Head coach Derek Mason says this message is being pushed by design.

“Here’s the deal, these young men don’t come to Vanderbilt to be good, they come here to be great,” Mason said. “If you dream small, you’ll accomplish small things. But if you dream big, you can wrap your head around big ideas. Let’s be exactly who we say we are. As you can see with our baseball team and other things that are happening on our campus, the possibilities are endless. We don’t talk about being limited, we talk about being limitless. There’s two types of people limited/limitless and we choose to be limitless.”

Mason is having to replace seven starters on defense and four on offense. Part of the defensive overhaul mostly falls in the secondary, where all four starters graduated the program. This means that freshmen will have to get significant playing time for Vanderbilt in 2014.


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