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Vanderbilt's quartet of Head Coach James Franklin and seniors Jordan Rodgers (QB), Zac Stacy (RB) and Trey Wilson (DB) returned from their trip to SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., Tuesday night.
The trip, which began with an 8:30 a.m. departure from the McGugin Center came to a close a little before midnight when the Commodores arrived back on campus. In between the three hours spent in the car heading to Hoover and the three-hour return trip, Coach Franklin and the players made their rounds at The Wynfrey Hotel - site of SEC Media Days - by conducting countless interviews with media members from throughout the country.
Wilson was the first Commodore to be interviewed Tuesday. As the vehicle pulled out of the McGugin Center parking lot with Football SID Larry Leathers behind the wheel, Wilson spoke with Joe Dubin and Brad Hopkins of 102.5 The Game in Nashville.
Shortly after departure, the group stopped for breakfast at the Puffy Muffin, where the players loaded up on carbs following a 6 a.m. workout session. After polishing off large helpings of pancakes, sausage, eggs and bacon, the Commodores headed I-65 South to Birmingham. Along the way, additional phone interviews were conducted and in between cat naps the players fielded questions from fans on Twitter @VandyFootball.
Once arriving at The Wynfrey Hotel, Coach Franklin and players signed autographs in the hotel lobby before heading to a room to change into a suit and tie. After putting on their finest threads, the quartet made their rounds on radio row, speaking with radio show hosts from throughout the Southeast.
At 3:20 p.m., Vanderbilt's SEC Media Days rotation officially began. Players and Coach Franklin headed their separate ways, bouncing between interview rooms with the likes of ESPN, CBS, FSN, local television stations, national print media and more.
Shortly before 7 p.m., the whirlwind was officially over as Rodgers wrapped up the group's final interview of the day. But before leaving town, the trip to SEC Media Days was not complete without a visit to Dreamland Barbecue. Slabs of ribs were ordered along with sides of baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and, of course, banana pudding.
With their stomachs filled and their energy zapped after an exhausting day, the Commodores used the next three hours on the road to nap and recover.