The past couple of years have been tough to watch for the Commodore faithful. Two years of 2-10 play with only one SEC win after the ’08 season that saw them winning the Music City Bowl cost two coaches their jobs. New Head Coach James Franklin has his work cut out for him if Vandy is to challenge for a post-season game. The ‘Dores need help everywhere.
On defense Coach Franklin will be counting on Sernior MLB Chris Marve. Marve is a three year starter and the SEC’s active leader in tackles (306). Marve will be the linchpin in new Defensive Coordinator Bob Shoop’s scheme. Shoop filled the same role at William & Mary for the past three seasons. The 2009 W&M defense ended the year tops in the nation in rush defense, allowing just 61.1 yards per game, and second nationally in scoring defense (12.1 ppg.). Additionally, the W&M defense limited third down conversions to 28.1%, and forced 27 turnovers. Shoop will be counting on Marve to continue to fill holes and get the ‘Dores off the field.
Last year the Commodores ranked 94th overall defensively, giving up 31.2 points a game. To improve on that Marve will have to have another 100+ tackle campaign. Let’s see if the 2011 Vanderbilt defense can Anchor Down and bring hope back to West End.
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