As Seamus posted last night, we are back from our Asian Invasion and promise VSL won't be as quiet going forward.
To get the week started, here is Coach Franklin's Monday Press Conference:
I would note that CJF said he feels the team is getting better each week. Franklin announced that WR John Cole is injured and will not be available against South Carolina. Franklin was specifically asked about Wesley Tate's emergence as a #1 receiver on the depth chart, and said he has been impressed with the converted running back.
When asked about why Navy was able to play the Gamecocks so close, he credited the Midshipmen system saying: "that's Navy." He added that "I will be fighting to keep them [Navy] off our schedule."
Franklin highlighted how important the noise in Columbia will be for a Commodore team that has yet to go on the road this season. CFJ put out an APB for speakers on campus. He said the team will be hearing the South Carolina fight-song a lot this week to learn how to play through it.
When asked about being an underdog, CJF informed the media, "I don't do a whole lot of gambling, so I don't know what the point-spread is." According to Vegas.com, Vanderbilt opens either a 16 or 16 1/2 dog depending on the book.
You can find the Game Notes and Depth Chart for the South Carolina game here.
Congratulations are in order for Trey Wilson and Wesley Johnson, who were named, respectively, SEC Defensive Player and Offensive Linemen of the Week. Here is the release from VUCommodores.com.