What Derek Mason said after shutout loss at Florida
Derek Mason was pleased with how his defense played in the first half at Florida. Then things went south.
“Defense played a sold, 30-minute football game and kept us in the hunt. But it got out of hand real fast because of mistakes,” Mason said after a 56-0 loss to the Gators in Gainesville. “I want everybody to own it. I’m always going to own it. That’s the not the way we want to play. That’s not what we’re looking for. I love these guys in the locker room, but when it’s all said and done it’s a production game and we weren’t very productive.”
The Commodores trailed only 14-0 at the half. VU’s defense had come up with some key turnovers, but the offense struggled mightily.
“As that game went on, we just couldn’t do enough,” Mason said. “We’ve got to find a way to put points on the ball, period.”
Vanderbilt turned to Deuce Wallace at QB due to Mo Hasan and Riley Neal’s injuries. Wallace went 7-of-18 passing for 60 yards. Allan Walters came in during the fourth quarter. Walters’ first pass was intercepted. The head coach didn’t blame the blowout loss on QB play.
“It’s a team game,”Mason said. “A quarterback doesn’t play offensive line. He doesn’t play in the back end in the secondary.”
Mason promised there will be changes after Vanderbilt’s 128-yard outpout.
“I’m just letting you know, collectively, there has got to be some changes,” coach Derek Mason said. “I just don’t like what I see all the way around. There are things that have got to be changed. There will be some changes, and we’ll make sure we get it right.”
— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) November 9, 2019