Derek Mason updates QB availability, Kalija Lipscomb's status
As Vanderbilt prepares to play at Florida this week, the Commodores will get back one key player on offense, but be down two quarterbacks.
After he stood on the sideline in uniform with a towel around his neck and didn’t play at South Carolina, coach Derek Mason said WR Kalija Lipscomb is “ready to play. Let’s ride.” Mason said he met with him on Sunday. The coach previously said Lipscomb didn’t play last week because of personal reasons and was not injured.
The quarterbacks though, are short handed. Mason did not name a starter at his regular Tuesday press conference as he said Deuce Wallace and Allan Walters will compete to start, while Riley Neal and Mo Hasan are still out. Neal and Hasan have each suffered concussions in recent games.
“Those will be our quarterbacks and we’ll have a third quarterback ready to go,” Mason said.
Neal left after the first quarter last week in the loss at South Carolina, but he got the start because Mo Hasan took a big hit in the Missouri game Oct. 19. Hasan went 7-for-11 passing for 120 yards and a TD and rushed for 34 yards.
“The offense changes just a little bit because I think both of those guys have a little bit mobility in terms of what it looks like. We’re going to have to tweak it just a little bit,” Mason said. “But the mainframe of what we do is still there.”
“With these guys, too, as I’ve seen both of these guys move around see what they can do it gives us the opportunity I believe to take advantage of some other options in our offense. We have to make sure it fits them, it fits our guys, it gets the ball to our playmakers and obviously we got to be able to run the ball, but throw the ball effectively in order to stay on the field and give ourselves a chance to score points.”