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Vanderbilt Football Depth Chart vs. Old Dominion: McCrary -OR- Robinette to Start

Derek Mason won't officially say who will start at quarterback for the Commodores this week. Either Johnny McCrary "-or-" Patton Robinette will see the bulk of the minutes behind center against Old Dominion.

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Vanderbilt will start either Johnny McCrary or Patton Robinette at quarterback when Old Dominion comes to Nashville this week.

Derek Mason's week 10 depth chart features both passers in the starting spot, separated only by the "-or-" designation. That's not something new for the head coach. He's put the "-or-" stipulation on his first-string quarterbacks in five of the team's eight games this season. Last week, Wade Freebeck got the alphabetical bump in front of McCrary for the depth chart vs. Missouri, but McCrary started and played that entire game at quarterback.


McCrary had also topped the depth chart with an "-or-" marker against Ole Miss in week two and UMass in week three. He did not play a single snap in those games, so it's difficult to read too much into his placement on the chart other than the implication that Mason likes to list his players alphabetically.

A pair of other interesting "-or-" developments have taken place among the defensive starters. Jay Woods, who has been beastly as of late, has pushed incumbent Adam Butler into a dead heat at defensive tackle. Behind him, rising redshirt freshman Zach Cunningham will battle starter Darreon Herring for his spot throughout this week's practices. Herring was a big contributor for the 'Dores in 2013 (84 tackles, 21 passes broken up or defensed), but he hasn't been as effective in Mason's new defensive scheme. The coach is hoping that opening up his starting role will light a fire under the talented ILB's ass.

Caleb Azubike alert: After being listed as an outside linebacker against Missouri, Azubike has been placed back on the defensive line against Old Dominion. Since he fills both roles for the Commodores, that makes sense - but I'm sure it's still slightly confusing for opposing coaches to account for.

Vanderbilt - and either McCrary or Robinette - will take the field against Old Dominion this Saturday at 6PM CST.