July 25, 2014
Vanderbilt's Derek Mason made a national television appearance Thursday on ROME, a nightly program hosted by Jim Rome on the CBS Sports Network.
Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
On the opportunity at Vanderbilt:
"Any time you have an opportunity to get to the SEC and play the caliber of teams we play, it is awesome. With what James (Franklin) did here, and with the program talent and what we have going here, now is the time. I am in the right place, we need to get it done."
On if the Commodores are good enough to win the SEC East title:
"Absolutely. The most talented teams don't win; the best teams do. For us, what we need to be able to do is make sure we know who we are, we play to our standards and we protect our turf. We play well on the road and when it is all said and done, take it one game at a time."
On his recruiting philosophy:
"Stars don't mean much to me. I learned at Stanford that really what you do is you evaluate the player in front of you. You evaluate his skill set, his football IQ, you test his character and integrity, and then when it is all said and done, you look at the sum of all those parts to find the player you want."
To hear everything Mason had to say, watch the interview.