McCrary suffers along with Vandy

Vanderbilt suffered a heartbreaking loss to South Carolina to begin their 2012 season. Unfortunately, Johnathan McCrary, Vanderbilt's highly-regarded quarterback out Cedar Grove (Ga.) High School, met with a similar fate as his team fell to Columbia by a late fourth quarter touchdown which proved to be the difference in the game.

"We're building," said Johnathan McCrary. "It's a young team and we're trying to put it all together. I think I was 24 for 30 (passing) for 310 yards. When we lose, stats don't matter to me. I think I played okay, but I didn't do enough for us to win and that's what matters to me. I want to win a championship for many reasons. I'm going to push myself to the limits to make it happen." McCrary, 6-foot-4, 197-pounds, delighted Vanderbilt fans in February when he committed to the Commodores over offers from conference foes Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Tennessee. He enjoyed seeing his future team back in action despite the loss.

"It was a great game," McCrary said. "When I get there, I'm hoping to help the team with that extra little push they need to win those big games. The offense is a lot like what we do [at Cedar Grove] with the quarterback making plays and turn it over to a good, solid defense. I can't wait to go up there for the Florida game on my official.

"I've been talking to a lot of our recruits. My cousin, Jay Woods, committed [to Vanderbilt]. I didn't know what he was going to do, but when he chose Vanderbilt I was happy and wished him the best. I talk to a lot of the recruits like Oren Burks and some who are looking at Vanderbilt like Juwaan Williams. It's going to be a great class. We're going to take over Nashville."

The Cedar Grove Saints, who began their season with a loss to Tucker, will try to post their first win on the board on Friday when they travel to Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta. That's fine with McCrary who says his team does their best work on the road. Perhaps the same will be true for the Commodores as they travel this weekend to Evanston, Illinois to tangle with the Northwestern Wildcats. Top Stories