2008 Media Days: Legge's Look at Vanderbilt

BIRMINGHAM – Here's a look at the day Vanderbilt Head Coach Bobby Johnson and the Commodores had at the SEC's annual Media Day event. Vanderbilt finished sixth in the SEC East last season and did not go to a bowl.

Last season: 5-7
Last game vs. Georgia: 20-17 loss
Series Record: Georgia leads 48-18-2
Most memorable Georgia win: 1983 – All-American Terry Hoage knocks away a Vanderbilt pass near the end of the game to save the win for the Dawgs.
Most painful Georgia loss: 1994 – Ray Goff may have lost his job when Vandy ran up the score on the Dawgs in Athens – on Homecoming, no less.
Starters returning: 9

Best player: D.J. Moore
Biggest Weakness: Offense
2008's big question: Can Vandy put it together enough to get to a bowl?

Inside the numbers vs. Georgia (as seen in the Dawg Post Season Preview):

That's how many passing yards per contest Vandy averaged last fall – 103rd best in the country. In other words, Vandy was not an offensive juggernaut. Vanderbilt has been a program which has gotten the reputation for being solid defensively since the mid-1990s. The problem, as their record and lack of a bowl game appearance indicates, is that while defense may wins you championships (as the old saying goes), you still need some offense to win games.

Recruiting Implications:
Virtually None. This game simply does not impact recruiting as it relates to a head-to-head competition between the two schools. Vanderbilt couldn't get a player Georgia wanted if they had to – at least they've never been able to. Notable Georgians on the Vanderbilt Roster: One in every five players on Vandy's roster is from Georgia. Notable Tennesseans on the Georgia Roster: None.

Last year's prediction: Stay focused in Nashville and get revenge for last season. That won't be as easy as it may sound.

It wasn't easy alright. Georgia needed to force a Vanderbilt turnover deep in Georgia territory to keep from losing. Then the Bulldogs had to take the ball down the field for a game-winning drive with little time remaining. Did Georgia stay focused? Not in the middle of the game, but they did win, and that one play – the forced turnover – changed the season.

Legge's must-win game: at Ole Miss September 20th

Legge's projected SEC finish: 6th SEC East

Legge's All-SEC Commodores: D.J. Moore

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