Now that the weather is getting warmer, and Saturdays are full of yard mowing, everyone naturally begins to think about the best time of year...football season.
Vanderbilt was the first team in Tennessee and the SEC to have their 2016 Spring Game back on March 26th in Nashville, Tennessee. Coach Mason has been fighting an uphill battle ever since taking over on West End. James Franklin left the cupboard quite bare when he left for Penn State, however, Mason now has "his guys" in the system, and looks close to turning the corner.
After last season, everyone expected the Defense to win the Black and Gold game, but the Offense came out on top 42-31, even with RB Ralph Webb on the sideline as a precaution. QB Kyle Shurmur finished up 7 of 9 passing for 96 yards, and was named the leader going into the summer to win the starting job. In total, the QB's threw 25 passes and did not record an interception, which is definitely progress. Also, Jaire George, a familiar last name in Nashville since he is Eddie George's son, lead Vandy in rushing.
One of the highlights of the day was Jay Cutler's induction into the Commodore Hall of Fame. Bobby Johnson even showed up and spoke a few words during his induction.
Overall, it was a positive day in Nashville. Coach Mason has sounded like a broken record the past 2 years talking about the progress the team has made, and finally there is evidence that the team is making this progress. The team has tough out of conference games against MTSU, Georgia Tech, and Western Kentucky to go along with the grind of the SEC. But with better QB play to go along with the stellar Defense and one of the best backs in the country in Webb, Coach Mason could finally see this progress show up in the W column. -Chandler