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Bama prepares for an unbeaten Vandy

Bama prepares for an unbeaten Vandy”

The last Vandy coach to go winless in league play is current fourth-year coach Derek Mason, who was 0-8 in his first season in 2014.

When Alabama comes to town this Saturday, it will be one of the biggest games Vanderbilt has hosted in a long time.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. with Bama listed as a heavy three score favorite. Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson will have the call in the booth with Allie LaForce on the sidelines.

Practice will resume on Wednesday and wrap up on Thursday before the Crimson Tide travels Friday for its first true road test of the 2017 season.

Nick Saban met with the media prior to practice on Monday afternoon. "I don't fear anybody, and our team as well", Mason said in the summer. Sometimes you lose sight of the face that we are 3-0.

"We he had some players that played really well in this game: Jalen Hurts, Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough and Bradley Bozeman on offense, Keith Holcombe, Levi Wallace and Da'Ron Payne on defense, JK Scott, Mack Wilson and Andy Pappanastos on special teams". We have improved in a lot of areas of our team and we'll continue to focus on the technical aspects of what we need to do to improve in some other areas to get some mistakes and mental errors corrected. Miller Forristall is out.

"But I think what they're trying to do is create issues in the offensive line".

"We certainly look forward to the SEC, this is our opener on the road against a very good Vanderbilt team, who as you all know just beat Kansas State, who was a ranked team". The improvement shown under Mason has been notable this season early on and a lot has to do with the fact that Vanderbilt returns 16 starters (9 on offense, 7 on defense) from last season, so they are a very experienced team.

Vanderbilt has been very impressive throughout three games, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

While nearly everything has looked great for the Commodores so far this season, one of their biggest weakness is their inability to run the ball successfully. Vanderbilt leads the SEC in scoring defense (4.3 points per game), passing defense (95.3 yards per game) and total defense (198.3 yards per game).

Leading the offense for the Commodores is quarterback Kyle Shurmur who is now leading the SEC in passing efficiency with a rating of 194.9 and is 49 of 69 passing for 703-yards with eight passing touchdowns. Very sound, very well coached in all areas.

It is clear that Vanderbilt is a much better team than it has been in the past years and that they can definitely compete with top-25 teams.



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