Dec 27, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal defensive coordinator Derek Mason at press conference for the 2013 Rose Bowl at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Sherman credits Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason with his development

While a member of the Stanford Cardinal and not even having the slightest inkling of what was to come for him at the NFL level, Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman spent one year under then defensive coordinator–now new Vanderbilt Commodores head coach–Derek Mason. And Sherman, gave Mason a ton of credit for the work the two did together in just one season.

Sherman told the Tennessean that Mason was an integral part in turning him into the shutdown corner that we all enjoy watching on the field today, and will this Sunday when he and his team take the field against the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

“He was essential to my development and my understanding of the game,” Sherman said in aninterview with The Tennesseean. “He taught me how to play the game, how to study the game, how to really go in-depth with your film study and also understanding your weaknesses — studying your weaknesses and what you do well and what you don’t do well and being able to self-scout a lot more. … He’s really helped me, and he still helps me to this day.”

Mason joined the Stanford staff during the 2010 season, Sherman’s final year in Palo Alto. He recently accepted the open position at Vanderbilt, vacated by the departure of James Franklin to Penn State.

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