"We had some success (against Georgia) with the option last year," Johnson said Monday. "I think they will be better schooled in defending it this time around, but we'll still try it."
The Commodores rushed for 247 yards last year in Athens. Vanderbilt
actually did well all the way around last year, gaining 392 total yards,
the most Georgia gave up in any game.
Still, the Commodores managed to lose 48-17. They are 1-11 in the last
12 years against the Bulldogs but will try again Saturday at 2 p.m. in
Vanderbilt Stadium. Georgia hasn't lost in Nashville since 1991.
"They certainly have our attention," Johnson said. "They
but I think our guys are going to enjoy playing against them. I always
like to play against good teams. It's a challenge, and Georgia is one of
the teams we are going to be competing against when we get this program
The Commodores were led last year by tailback Kwane Doster, who had
118 yards against Georgia last year as a freshman. Doster had a
season-best 72 yards last week, but this year he has been pushed to the
backburner by tailback Norval McKenzie, who leads Vandy with 424 rushing
"We'll try to make them aware of the run and hope that sets us up to
pass," Johnson said. "Jay (Cutler) is getting better and better each
week, and our passing game is certainly improved from last year."
Cutler is 109 of 195 from 1,512 yards, eight touchdowns and five
interceptions this season. He is averaging 216 yards per game.
The 'Dores' only win this year came against UTC. Most recently, they
lost 37-27 to Navy at their own homecoming. The Midshipmen had 502 yards
of total offense. Johnson is in his second year in Nashville and still
has only three wins.
"We just got whipped," he said of the Navy game. "It seems
one thing after another. We drop the ball on a kickoff, or we have
trouble with fumbles a weeks ago. But, I think we do have things to look
forward to, because we have so many young players and they are the ones
performing well for us."
Still, it's tough on the Commodores, who still must play Georgia and
then has away games against South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.
"You come into a season not knowing what to expect," defensive
Chris Booker said. "When you just keep dropping games, it is pretty
Johnson said the coaching staff tries to be aware of the toll so much
losing can take on their players.
"Losing has a bad effect on everything," he said. "We need
sure that these tough losses aren't affecting our players off the field
-- in classes and socially. Our guys are winners. They are all
exceptional young men."
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