Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Combative Commodores: VU Defense Recognized

When you think “college football” and “defense”…the Vanderbilt Commodores don’t come to mind within the first few seconds. Well…they probably don’t come to mind at all.

However, under new head coach James Franklin, the Commodores currently rank 11th in the nation in total defense, and first in interceptions forced with a total of 14.

Through four games (3-1) thus far in 2011, the ‘Dores have only allowed eight touchdowns while holding teams to 279 yards of total offense per game.

Granted the “defensive ‘Dores” will most likely lose some steam as the season progresses and the competition stiffens, but Vandy fans have to be proud of a defense that currently leads the nation in a major statistical category.

James Franklin has restored and revived Vanderbilt football and given the fanbase legitimate hope for the first time in many years.

Vandy won’t make it to the SEC title game with this “interception leading” defense, but a bowl game is a genuine possibility for the 2011 Commodores.

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