Oct. 10, 2012
Nashville, Tenn. - Tickets for the Florida-Vanderbilt football game this Saturday are sold out, according to Commodore athletics officials.
The final tickets available for the game were sold earlier this week after the Commodores earned their first road victory in Southeastern Conference play last Saturday, 19-15, at Missouri. The No. 4 Gators also are coming off an impressive victory, 14-6, over ranked LSU in Gainesville.
The game Saturday, scheduled to kickoff at 5 p.m. CT in Nashville, will mark the first Vanderbilt sellout since the 2008 season when the Commodores and Gators played before 39,773 fans on Nov. 8.
"It's progress," Franklin said of the sellout. "I know a lot of it is the excitement in the team we are playing, but in general that's progress. We've got a number of things that we've done in 19 months that probably hadn't happened here in a long time.
"Anytime we knock down one of the hurdles or obstacles people said we wouldn't be able to do, it's a positive. We still have a lot of hurdles, we still have a lot of obstacles, but everyday we knock down one more. The important thing is we've got to practice well and go play well on Saturday so we can build on it. Selling out is great, but we have to put a product on the field that people can be excited about and that people want to keep coming back see."
In other ticket news involving Vanderbilt football, the Commodores' game against Auburn game on Oct. 20 has an extremely limited number of tickets remaining for sale. Fans interested in purchasing any of the remaining tickets to the game are encouraged to call the Vanderbilt Ticket Office at 615-322-GOLD (4653).
Franklin Meets with Media After Practice
James Franklin had his traditional meeting with the media following Wednesday's practice. He addressed a number of topics, including the team's stellar play on special teams, the pass rush against Missouri and his objective of increasing the team's completion percentage.
"I'm a big believer that we should be throwing in the high 60s and the low 70s," Franklin said. "You look at college football and the completion percentages have gone up the last five or six years, and I think we can do that as well.
"It isn't one thing, it is accuracy, it is protection, it is route running, it is catching the ball, it is concepts, it is all those things. That is the area we have to improve the most; is our completion percentage. That will help us on third down and that will also help us with yardage and scoring because it will just create more opportunities for us."
Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-2 SEC) and No. 4 Florida (5-0, 4-0 SEC) will kickoff at 5 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be televised by ESPNU.
Franklin on 104.5 The Zone
Franklin's media rounds began Wednesday morning with an appearance on 104.5 FM's The Wake Up Zone in Nashville.