Derek Mason announces timetable for QB decision
The Vanderbilt quarterback decision will go down to the wire ahead of the Georgia game. At least publicly.
Coach Derek Mason told reporters that he won’t announce who won the starting QB competition between Riley Neal and Deuce Wallace until kickoff on Aug. 31 against the visiting Bulldogs, Adam Sparks of the Tennessean reported.
Mason has maintained throughout camp that he wouldn’t be pinned to a deadline, including these comments to Vandy 247: “I believe this much – I believe there’s gotta be enough time for the chemistry and cohesion to take place with our offensive guys and just being able to know who’s 1 and who’s 2. If I gotta draw it out a little longer I will. I’m not gonna stick to a timeline, I’m just gonna let the players tell me exactly where we need to go and let’s get it.”
The clearest contrast between the two is Wallace is 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds, while Neal is 6-6 and 225 pounds.
Wallace has been on Vanderbilt’s campus and with the Commodores since 2016. He played in four games in 2017 and would have been former starter Kyle Shurmur’s backup last year, but he did not play. Neal is a Ball State transfer who played in 34 games and threw for nearly 7,400 yards for Ball State.