Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason has a wealth of talent in his defensive secondary, and he plans to use it in hopes of slowing Middle Tennessee quarterback Brent Stockstill.
Mason called Stockstill’s performance last week against Alabama A&M ‘video game-like.’ The redshirt sophomore went 30-for-36 for 329 yards and five touchdowns.
“You know he’s extremely talented, great arm and he’s got weapons around him with (I’Tavius) Mathers and (Terelle) West at tailback,” Mason said.
The answer could come in the form of the depth the Commodores have in the secondary. This week, Mason is turning to Ladarius Wiley and Ryan White to start at the safety positions.
“I feel good about eight or nine guys that can play back there in the secondary,” Mason said. “For me, it’s been about who’s the most consistent, especially when you talk about safety play.”
Mason added that the biggest area of concern was in his players seizing the moment when opportunities came up.
“They’ve had a good three days of practice. Again, from Game 1 to Game 2 is where you generally make the biggest improvement, and we need to see improvement, especially on third down,” Mason said.