Franklin has Vandy playing in the moment

First year Vanderbilt coach James Franklin doesn't care about the Commodores' losing history. He's not concerned with what may happen in the future, either. He's focused on winning each football game, one at a time, and he's done a pretty good job of that so far.

Heading into Vanderbilt's contest with the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams Brice Stadium, Franklin has his team off to the first 3-0 start in school history. He's done that by keeping his players in the moment, focused on the task at hand. Not just one game at a time, but one play at a time.

"We focus on being the best team or player we can be for six seconds at a time," Franklin said. "All the other stuff, we don't have control over. We don't spend our time focusing on that."

Without a doubt, times are changing in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Commodores are no longer the laughing stock of the Southeastern Conference.

In fact, they've rolled over their three opponents this year by a total of 56 points. That includes an eyebrow-raising rout of Ole Miss last week by a score of 30-7.

Their success can be contributed in large part to a much improved secondary. They've picked off ten passes this year, the most in the country. This could pose a problem for the Gamecocks who's passing game has been suspect at best. But Franklin reminds us, the secondary isn't the only unit to credit for the nation-leading ten interceptions.

"A lot of it has to go to the d-line. They are getting a ton of pressure on the quarterback as well," Franklin said. "Some of those interceptions are just falling out of the sky into our defensive backs' hands… We're playing pretty good defensive team football."

As they travel to Columbia to take on the No. 10 ranked Carolina Gamecocks, Franklin sums up the teams mindset quite simply.

"Our guys are just hungry and excited."

That's just the type of of mentality that Franklin is trying to instill in his football team.

"When people watch us play I want people to say 'you know what, those people know how to play the game. They play hard they play physical they play team football they're unselfish.'"

It's working. Franklin notes that even NFL scouts that have come in to check out Vanderbilt's new crop of talent have noticed the new fire the team plays with.

"Some NFL scouts are downstairs watching tape and a couple of them said, 'coach you got these guys playing hard and they have an attitude to them and they have some confidence right now,' Frankin said. "So that was good to here that from different people."

Vanderbilt has outscored its opponents 56-10 in the first half this year. Look for them to try and jump all over the Gamecocks early, a team that scored its first first-quarter touchdown just last week.

And you can definitely count on Coach Franklin's team to come out with fury.

"It's a mentality we've been talking about since we arrived here on campus…" Franklin said. "We just have to keep doing what we've been doing all year, which is fight and be resilient."

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