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Freshman WR Cam Johnson Out for Season

Plus other notes from Derek Mason’s weekly press conference.

NCAA Football: SEC Football Media Day Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

There was some bad news from Derek Mason’s weekly press conference.

Cam Johnson, a freshman WR from Brentwood Academy and one of Vanderbilt’s top recruits in 2018, had played in the first four games of the season and made a limited impact. Coincidentally, new NCAA rules allow a player to retain a year of eligibility even if they play in four games. Having played in four games, Johnson will now be shut down for the rest of the season. I’m not saying that these two things are related, but it’s not the worst thing in the world. (At least the injury didn’t occur after Week 5.)

Mason’s remarks about the loss to South Carolina were largely of the “duh” variety. Vanderbilt needs to tackle and execute better. Kyle Shurmur had a bad day. The offense needs more playmakers than Kalija Lipscomb and Jared Pinkney. Ke’Shawn Vaughn will get more carries if the offense stays on the field more.

Related to that, we’re still going with the three-headed RB monster on the depth chart:

I’m sure the fan base will react well to this continuing.