Vanderbilt is looking to get its season turned in the right direction, and Derek Mason has a simple solution for how to do that. It all comes down to balance.
Vanderbilt passed the ball 31 times in Saturday’s loss to Georgia Tech, and it ran the ball 30 times. However, Mason is still looking for more balance as the team heads into its game with Western Kentucky.
“We’ve got to extend drives. We’ve got to have balance in what we do,” Mason said on Wednesday. “It’s not on the quarterback; It’s on everyone in that offense.”
Extending drives could help with one of the Commodores main defensive issues by giving the unit a breather. The defense spent more time on the field than it would’ve liked as a result of allowing third-down conversions. The Yellow Jackets converted on more than half of their third down attempts (8-for-15) in the game.
“Our guys, we just haven’t done a good enough job of closing in the secondary, pass rush and just getting guys down,” Mason said Wednesday. “That’s been a strong emphasis over the last couple of days, especially as we got back to film.”