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Southerners are proud of
their football heritage, their schools, and their
teams.  And they share a deep pride
that goes with being from the South.
George Mooney

2002 Overall Record:  2-10
Conference Record:  0-8
 
Returning Starters:  Offense 7, Defense 8, Kicker/Punter 1

Next Game:  August 30 vs Ole Miss @ Memphis

2003 Forecast:

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The Commodores are coming off of a 2-10 year (0-8 conference), but have reason to be optimistic.  In the first place, getting more wins could be in the cards with UT-Chattanooga, Navy, and TCU as out of conference opponents.
 
The Dores do play Georgia Tech though, and have conference dates against Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia.
 
The 'Dores are very young, with only one senior listed as a projected starter.
 
The Dores return 7 starters on offense and 8 on the defensive side of the ball.  QB Jay Cutler (1433 yds passing) and leading rusher Kwayne Doster (798 rushing yards) return.  The offensive line looks solid, and defensively, the linebacking corps is strong.  The 'Dores return 51 lettermen.
 
Included in the returnees are Sophomore RB Kwane Doster (4 100 yd games), and Junior WR Brandon Smith.
 
Coach Bobby Johnson is a solid fundamentals coach.
 
This team is young, but does have talent and experience.  Expect the Dores to get off of the "schnide" this year in SEC play.
 
Predictions:  4-8 Overall.  1-7 SEC.

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Commodore News:

2003 CFN Vanderbilt Commodore Preview

8-21 Commodores set for game drills

8-20 Vandy player has Bell's palsy

8-19 Cutler sharp in return to practice

8-18 Punter keeps up family tradition to play for Vandy

8-17 Doster powers surge by Vandy offense

8-16 Vanderbilt's offense still looking for confidence

8-10 Adversity can't keep Vandy LB down for long

8-9 Backup QB adds positions

8-8 Vanderbilt giving out free tickets

8-7 Geisinger gives Vandy a lift with record 550-pound bench press

8-6 Commodore veterans take rookies under wing

8-3 Dinwiddie back to try again at Vandy

7-30 Vandy's Johnson says rebuilding effort ahead of schedule

7-30 Six scholarships remain as four commit for 2004

7-29 Vandy gets fourth commitment

7-19 Vandy picks up two commitments

7-18 Vandy working to rebuild ties

7-17 Vandy turning to alumni for season-ticket support

7-9 Springing ahead

7-9 Vandy men to play TSU at Memorial this year

7-8 Suspension was wake-up call for Vandy WR

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SEC Sports Smack note:  Vandy is unique to the SEC in many ways.  It is the SEC's only private university.  It carries the SEC's GPA and graduation rates to an acceptable level.  It is a founding member of the SEC.
 
Yes, Vandy is a permanent fixture in the SEC. 
 
Now, if they could just get a few wins.
 
The future of Vandy football is not bright.  But it is brighter.  A solid coaching staff resides here.  But, talent-wise, the Commodores cannot compete with the rest of the SEC on a yearly basis.
 
The entrance and academic requirements are strict and rigid.
 
Still, Vandy football competes at a high level.  Good luck Commodores. 

Vanderbilt Stadium @ Dudley Field (41,201)
Alltime Record:  528-502-50
Bowl Record;  1-1-1

2003 Vanderbilt Commodores Football Schedule

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