Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason on opponents loading the box: ‘Tennessee tried … and look what happened’

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason didn’t pull any punches when asked about defensive strategies the Commodores might see in 2017.

Vandy, who will deploy one of college football’s best running backs in Ralph Webb, could see a lot of defenders in the box this season. Mason says that’s not a concern of his.

“If you want to load the box, load the box,” Mason told CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee. “Tennessee tried to load the box, and look what happened.”

The Vol did indeed try to load the box against Vanderbilt, and quarterback Kyle Shurmur made them pay. He threw for 416 yards in what was just Vandy’s fourth win over Tennessee since 1983.

Shurmur and the Commodores also notched wins over Georgia and Ole Miss while coming close to upsetting South Carolina and Auburn.

Vanderbilt’s 2017 campaign will kick off on Sept. 2 against Middle Tennessee.