Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason Tabs Sophomore Quarterback Patton Robinette as starter for the Thursday night home opener against Temple. To many this was a surprise move, but it was the only move Mason could make.
Robinette is a 6’5″ 240lb Sophomore from Maryville, Tennessee. He was a Gatorade Player of the Year winner in 2011. He has talent, and will be asked to play within himself this season for the black and gold. I personally thought that Red Shirt Freshman Johnny McCrary would win this job, but credit Robinette for having a great spring as well as fall camp.
Head Coach Derek Mason mentioned that he felt that Robinette was a better game manager at this time than any of the other competitors. Patton is actually the only qb on the roster with any SEC game experience. He came in and led a 99 yard touchdown drive against Arkansas last season, and helped lead Vandy to wins over Florida and Tennessee.
6’7″ 235 lb Senior Stephen Rivers also had a very good camp for the Commodores at quarterback. Rivers transferred from LSU after he could not get on the field in Baton Rouge. All three of these qb’s have talent, and Vandy will be fine at this position.
The challenge for whoever quarterbacks will be to find someone to catch the ball. There are no proven receivers on this roster. It will be no secret that Vandy will line up and try to run the football, which is always tough in the SEC. Make no mistake that Mason will build Vanderbilt in the image of the successful Stanford teams he has been coaching.
I think this decision would have been made a few weeks back if Vandy was opening with a challenging opponent. Temple will not pose a problem for Vanderbilt this Thursday. Look for Vanderbilt to win big, and get the Derek Mason era off to a great start on West End.