Commodore starting tailback Cassen Jackson-Garrison rushed for just two yards on eight attempts, with five of those yards coming on a 3rd and long play. He was obviously not 100%, but even a fully healthy Jackson-Garrison would have found the going tough against Michigan's defense. Coach Johnson conveyed his feelings on CJG and the lack of any success. "Well, an appendectomy to our running back is probably the main thing (he saw), and we looked back and saw some guys that we thought were going to play extremely well and they played well but they didn't play as well as they could because they missed practice. They missed practice a lot. They just weren't as sharp as they could be and I think that really was the case with Cassen. I don't think he was extremely sharp. And you know you've got to give a lot of credit to the Michigan defense, too. They were pretty good. You've got to block them to be able to run but there were some opportunities there where we could have run the ball a little bit better."
Just where would Johnson rate Michigan's defense with other teams Vandy has played the last few years? "Michigan would fit right into the SEC. They are a talented football team. They had some excellent linebackers – versatile guys. They were some tall, rangy guys that we had trouble blocking. Alabama is going to be physical; they are going to be fast on defense. That is what we are going to see all year so we might as well get used to it. I don't think that we are going to see otherwise. That's the name of the game."
"This year, I feel 100%," Booker said. "I've been running and feeling great. It's been really nice going out there healthy and showing what I can do."
Booker is his toughest critic. When asked to comment on his play against Michigan, he replied, "I thought my production was good, but technique-wise, I didn't have quite as good of a game as I wanted to. The way Michigan ran their zone blocking enabled me to come across and make the seven tackles." Booker is gifted with a great ability to analyze the game of football, but some times, he has found this to be a hindrance to his play. "I'm trying to stop thinking (too much). I'm always trying to analyze. I'm one of those guys who watch as much film as possible. Some of the times I was in there (vs. Michigan), I was thinking about it too much. I need to stop that and just play ball. When you're on the field, you have to know the tendencies in the back of your head and not anticipate those tendencies and just react when they come."