Media Monday with James Franklin

Sep 2, 2013

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Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, junior offensive lineman Joe Townsend, senior wide receiver Jordan Matthews and junior defensive end Kyle Woestmann met with the media Monday to discuss the Commodores' next game against Austin Peay. Saturday's contest will be televised on CSS at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin

Opening Comments:
"Thank you for coming out. After watching the tape, it was about what we had thought. I think the biggest factors in the game were the turnover battles. Not only did our offense turn the ball over, but also our defense didn't create turnovers. Which I think would have solved a lot of problems for us, in terms of getting off the field. We also lost the penalty battle, not by much but we lost that as well and we missed our goal of explosive plays. We had six on offense, our goal is eight and our goal is three or less on defense and we had four. I think those things were all factors."

On the Commodore offense:
"On offense we only gave up one sack the whole game and we were very efficient in the red zone. We were 3-for-3 in the red zone and they were all touchdowns so I think that is a real positive."

On the Commodore defense:
"Defensively we sacked Ole Miss four times but we have to be more opportunistic and we have to make plays, and do it for four quarters and not just certain times. "

Looking Ahead to Austin Peay:
"They have 18 of 22 starters returning and they've played an SEC opponent two weeks in a row. At this point, it's difficult to judge them. Defensively we know they have nine starters returning and 10 of their top 11 tacklers from last year. Offensively they run a multiple pro system, they are similar to us in a lot of ways. Last year they only gave up 10 sacks all year long and they have a veteran offensive line. I'm excited that we get to get back on the field and get this bad taste out of our mouths. We aren't approaching this game any differently. We are going to do everything that we can to win the game and play the best that we can."

On the running back rotation Thursday night:
"It was what we thought going into it. There were things that affected how many reps Jerron [Seymour] got. There are some things that affected [Brian] Kimbrow, but it played out the way we expected it to."

On players bouncing back from Thursday night:
"I think players are very resilient. I think like all of us, the players were disappointed, but it's time to move on. I want them to understand that after we make those corrections, we have to move on and I think that's what we have done. When you watch that game again, you see a team that played with unbelievable heart. Even at the end there after giving up that touchdown, we had two timeouts and had the ball with pretty good field position and I think everyone thought we were going to go down and score again. I think when you have the heart, the passion, determination and resiliency, you have the chance to build on that."

On Austyn Carta-Samuels:
"I think you always have questions when you have a new starter, especially at that position. I think overall he played pretty well. He threw for over 300 yards in his first start. I don't know if we did that last year or in the first year. The thing that's exciting is I think he can play a lot better, but I think he did a lot of nice things that we can build on."

On Jordan Matthews getting double-teamed:
"We would do the same thing. If you're playing a team that you think has a strength you want to take that strength away. Right now if you're playing Vanderbilt on offense I think we have a lot of guys that can make plays and I think we're pretty balanced in our attack, but I don't think there is any argument that you would want to eliminate Jordan Matthews as much as possible. He still had 10 catches for 178 yards so it just goes to show you how effective he is as a receiver. I think the thing that I'm most proud of, he was the first guy in their watching film."

On the players' health:
"There were some things said about what was done with Jordan Matthews Thursday night. First of all, the coaches never make those decisions. That is a decision that our medical staff will make and I think that we have one of the finest medical staffs in the country, not just with our specific trainers, but also with Vanderbilt Hospital. I want everyone to understand that we will never do anything to put any of our players in jeopardy, those decisions will always be made by the medical staff. I want everyone to understand that Vanderbilt will always put the player and their well being ahead of everything else."



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