In the off-season the Vanderbilt Commodores were forced to replace head coach James Franklin. Franklin left Nashville for the same position at Penn State and with it, the Commodores lost their offensive mastermind and leader.
After much deliberation, Derek Mason was selected to fill the vacancy and immediately he was faced with the difficult task of selecting his starting quarterback. Thursday night, chose Patton Robinette to be the man under center for the team’s August 28 season opener against Temple. Robinette is the only current quarterback with any prior starting experience and ran away with the competition defeating Jonathan McCrary and Stephen Rivers, younger brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip.
A season ago, Robinette started three games, but was a crucial part of the team’s 9-4 finish. In those three games, the 6’4″ quarterback lost to Texas A&M, defeated Florida for the first time since 1945, and won a bowl game. He finished the season with 642 yards passing and four touchdowns.
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