Vanderbilt (2-4, 0-3 SEC) is keeping its quarterback situation on the down-low for this upcoming Saturday, so the possibility remains for the Commodores to debut a new quarterback against Mizzou (4-3, 1-3 SEC).
Coach Derek Mason made it clear that turnovers lose games, and he thinks this team has committed way too many.
“When you look at it, we’ve had too many turnovers,” Mason said when asked about evaluating the quarterback position. “Turnover margin is extremely high. Turnover ratio is one of the key stats in winning football. And we need to be better in not only managing the game but making sure we secure and possess the football.”
The Commodores have committed 16 turnovers, which is tied for sixth-most in the nation. Vanderbilt will have to maximize every possession and correct that trend to compete against one of the SEC’s best defenses in Missouri.
“We’re facing a team that is stingy defensively,” Mason said. “When you look at Missouri and what they’ve been able to do defensively, they’re a really good football team. They’re leading our conference in scoring defense, at around 15.2 (points) a game. That’s pretty incredible. They stop the run, they push behind the sticks and they find ways to get off the field.”
Mason, who on Tuesday said that the team is “exploring every option,” added freshman Kyle Shurmur to this week’s depth chart behind starter Johnny McCrary and backup Wade Freebeck.
They're not saying. Keeping it quiet. But IMO, I don't think Shurmur was added to depth chart by accident. https://t.co/b5C9VqEZqG
— Adam Sparks (@AdamSparks) October 21, 2015
The options are open. Whoever Mason tabs as starting quarterback, he will have a tough task when facing Missouri’s defense.