The Commodores (3-4, 1-3 SEC) are back to work after their first conference win. The excitement of the victory hasn’t faded just yet, but the reality has sunk in that No. 18 Houston (7-0) will be a tough challenge on Saturday. However, there’s no pressure for Vanderbilt because this team has nothing to lose.
Here are two things to know:
- Coach Derek Mason is sticking to the dual-quarterback system this week with freshman Kyle Shurmur and sophomore Johnny McCrary. Both are listed on the depth chart at No. 1, so the two will alternate between reps. Shurmur’s West Coast offense and McCrary’s spread will be something the Cougars have to keep up with in this week’s game.
- Darreon Herring impressed Mason this past week with an outstanding defensive play against Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. According to Mason, he watched the senior linebacker take out Lock about 15 times. It was a play that excited the coach, fans, and teammates alike.
Other Vanderbilt news from around the Internet
- SB Nation’s Christian D’Andrea highlighted Kyle Shurmur’s debut at quarterback against Mizzou. Although the true freshman didn’t do anything outlandishly impressive, Shurmur did not have any interceptions or red zone turnovers.
- The Commodores are intending to use a multiple quarterback system throughout the rest of the season. However according to the Tennessean’s Adam Sparks, Vanderbilt has a lot of questions to answer for the two-quarterback offense. Some of those questions include McCrary’s new role in the offense, whether or not Shurmur makes Vanderbilt’s offense any better, and McCrary’s potential to handle the starting position on his own.
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