Quick Hits: Missouri

Nov. 14, 2017

By Zac Ellis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt closes out its home schedule with a meeting with SEC East foe Missouri on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT at Vanderbilt Stadium.

On Tuesday, head coach Derek Mason joined running back Ralph Webb and safety LaDarius Wiley to preview the Tigers.

Here’s what the Dores had to say:

  Mason had positive words to say about Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, who leads FBS with 35 touchdown passes. “He’s just been on fire… I think he is a dual-threat quarterback even though most people wouldn’t say that.”

  Asked if Vanderbilt has played a quarterback similar to Lock this season, Mason described Lock as “a much better version of [Western Kentucky’s Mike] White.”

  Missouri has won four straight games thanks to a stellar offense. Mason said the Tigers’ attack is two-pronged. “[Lock] beats teams throwing the football, but last week they ran for over 400 [yards] on Tennessee. The biggest thing is you’ve got to make them one-dimensional. It always starts with stopping the run. We haven’t done a good enough job of stopping the run.”

  How will Vanderbilt respond to last week’s loss to Kentucky? Mason: “It’s more about confidence and technique than anything else. It’s more mental than physical.”

  Mason said he expects the Commodores to play with a chip on their shoulder for their final two games of the regular season. “If you think this team’s going to pitch a tent and, at the end of the day, call it quits, man, you’re wrong.”

  Mason on Senior Day: “It will be their last time that they’ll play on this field. With that being the case, they need to be emotionally charged… this team needs that edge.”

  Webb said he hasn’t given it much thought that Saturday is his final home game at Vanderbilt. “No, just giving it all I got, just feeling like I’m giving all I can give to this program. I’m just going to give it all I got like I do all the time.”

  Wiley said Vanderbilt’s defense has to get back to doing the little things right. “It’s doing your job, not doing someone else’s job… You have to be technique-sound, especially against a team like [Missouri].”

Zac Ellis is the Writer and Digital Media Editor for Vanderbilt Athletics.



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