NASHVILLE -- With Missouri on the horizon, Vanderbilt was back on the practice field Wednesday night to prepare for its first game against the Tigers since the Eisenhower presidency.
Commodore head coach James Franklin told reporters he has been very pleased with his team's work ethic heading into the Southeastern Conference matchup.
"I thought the energy was good, guys flew around," Franklin said. "I think we have really good plans on offense, defense and special teams. I've seen a bunch of guys watching film during the day on their own."
Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2 SEC) and Missouri (3-2, 0-2) are both in search of their first league victory. The Tigers are led by junior quarterback James Franklin, a dangerous dual-threat signal caller in charge of MU's spread offense attack. Franklin threw for 257 yards and a touchdown in Missouri's 21-16 win over Central Florida last Saturday in Orlando, Fla.
"[Franklin's] a veteran quarterback," Vanderbilt's head coach added. "He's been running that offense for two years. They surround him with a bunch of weapons. He stands so poised in the gun: legs locked, takes the snap and just kind of stands there. Then he flips his hips and makes throws. He's very poised, in control, tough and athletic enough to hurt you with his feet or his arm."
The Commodores depart for Missouri Friday morning with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. CT Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Due to fall break on campus, Vanderbilt students do not have classes the rest of the week.
STACY INTERVIEWED ON SPORTS NIGHT Earlier this week, Sports Night co-host Willy Daunic caught up with Vanderbilt senior tailback Zac Stacy, who currently ranks third on the Commodores' career rushing list with 2,343 yards. The segment aired on 102.5 The Game's popular drive-time sports talk show Wednesday afternoon. LISTEN