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Vandy's new coach sees only opportunity in camp

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 30, 2014 at 3:46 pm •  Published: July 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Derek Mason has to find a new starting quarterback and replace not only the receiver who rewrote the Southeastern Conference record book but an entire secondary.

That's led to some grim expectations outside Vanderbilt. The first-year head coach can't wait to get to work.

Mason said Wednesday that he believes they have bought into what he and his assistants are selling about opportunity and dreaming big. He has had his script for Thursday's first practice of preseason camp ready for weeks.

Vanderbilt is coming off consecutive 9-4 seasons capped with bowl wins and Top 25 rankings. James Franklin left for Penn State, and Mason was hired away from Stanford where he had been defensive coordinator.

Receiver Jordan Cunningham says Mason definitely will have the Commodores going in the right direction.



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