Tuesday, September 2, 2008

VSL Hotline: Gameplan = The Same, Edition

The ol' reliables have several Vanderbilt stories worth a gander this morning. Starting with Mo Patton in today's Tennessean, Mo writes how Vanderbilt's offense "expects Nickson to carry the ball." As we've discussed in several posts over the past few days, Nickson's running is both a blessing and a curse. If the runs are designed that's one thing, but if they are the product of broken plays and a failure up front, then that's a serious problem heading into conference play. In a similar story, the Man We Love to Hait writes in today's Nashville City Paper that "No Game-plan Change Coming for Commodores."

Bad news for VSL Nation as Brett Hait is reporting in his Vanderbilt Football Notes in the Nashville City Paper that freshman wide receiver John Cole (tauted by many as the next "His Name Is"), will likely miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn meniscus against Miami (OH). Worse, because Cole played, he isn't eligible to red-shirt. It's possible the NCAA might give him a special dispensation given how little he played, still, that is not something Commodore fans should hang their hats on. The wide receiving unit has been extremely hard hit by injuries early, putting a lot of pressure on redshirt freshmen Jamie Graham and Udom Umoh.

Despite the high stakes VSL has put on Thursday's match-up with South Carolina, CBJ, according to Mo Patton isn't "building up" the prime-time match-up against the Gamecocks.

The Tennessean has an uncredited piece about Vanderbilt's inability to "get ahead" in the SEC that seems a little premature one week into the season.

Commodores Released: Brett's Notes reports that three former VU players were released by NFL teams last week as undrafted free agents: linebacker Marcus Buggs by the Buffalo Bills, linebacker Curtis Gatewood by the Washington Redskins and offensive lineman Brian Stamper by the New Orleans Saints. Buggs and Gatewood were added to their teams’ practice squads.

VSL and Garnet and Black Attack have teamed up to do an interview exchange in anticipation of Thursday's match-up. We'll post their questions and our answers as well as our questions and their answers later this week.

For your review, here's a link to Game Notes for Vanderbilt and South Carolina in preparation for Thursday's game.

Bobby, OUT

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