Media Monday with James Franklin

Sept. 30, 2013

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Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, wide receiver Jordan Matthews and linebacker Darreon Herring met with the media Monday to discuss the Commodores' next game against Missouri. Saturday's contest will be televised on CSS at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin
Opening Comments:
"Saturday's game was the was the first time in school history that we were able to have a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher and two 100-yard receivers. That's a real positive and exciting for us. It's something to build on, and I think we called the game in an aggressive manner on offense and [Austyn] Carta-Samuels played the game that way as well.The emergence of Jonathan Krause has been really big for us.

"Defensively I thought we were so much more aggressive and that showed up in our open field tackling. Same thing in the secondary, we played a lot of soft coverage, but we weren't bailing out of there like we have done in some previous weeks. We were jumping on some routes and I think that helped us. I think our special teams has been a positive for us all year long."

On Missouri:
"We need a home field advantage and I think that is going to be very important. They run an explosive, up-tempo offense, so being able to have a home field advantage and crowd noise will make it difficult for their offense to run.They are 4-0 right now. They aren't overly complicated on defense, but they play hard especially up front. I think the defensive line is the strength of their unit. Offensively they are averaging 500 yards per game and over 45 points, so that's going to be a challenge for our defense.

"It's going to be a heck of a challenge, but I know our kids and staff are excited about playing this game and being back in our stadium and having the opportunity to play aggressive again. I can't stress the importance of the students and the community for this game."

On aggressive play:
"I think the way we called the game it showed up. There are a lot of times when you're talking to the team and you know that the message is delivered. So me telling the team that [to play aggressive] really helped out and we are going to build on that."

On the direction of the program:
"I'm excited about the direction of the program and what we have been able to accomplish. In our last 12 games we are 10-2. We are really excited about those things. I couldn't be more proud of what the kids have done, what the assistant coaches have done, what the staff/administration has done and the way the community is rallying behind us."

On Missouri's QB Franklin:
"He has had a heck of a career. If you look at what he has been able to do and how people talk about him, he's a very, very good football player."

On the defense stopping a running quarterback:
"I think that is going to be a focus for us this week. We have been preparing for it and this will be a nice test for us."

On Krause/receivers:
"We are able to threaten the defense deep so that is going to help your running game. When you're able to establish the running game that's going to help you stretch the field. I think having two guys on either side helps us and that is a tremendous compliment to Jordan Matthews and Jonathan Krause, and Austyn Carta-Samuels and Coach Gattis. It's good to see guys developing like Jordan Cunningham. I was happy to see [Trent] Pruitt able to get in there and get some work."

On entering league play again coming off two wins:
"I think that the fact that we have done some good things and played well last week is something that we are going to build on this week. Our focus is to be 1-0 this week and focus on Missouri. It is going to be a tremendous challenge for our offense, our defense and our special teams, and we couldn't be more excited."



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