Given his experience as a starter from last season, you would have assumed that Patton Robinette would have been able to cruise his way to the starting quarterback position for Vanderbilt in 2014. However, in camp, he found himself locked in a battle with redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary for the job.
In the end, though, Robinette was able to win the coveted spot, and on Thursday, first-year Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason made the news official.
“I’m excited for Patton as we prepare this team for the season opener next Thursday,” Mason said. “Patton has really made strides and consistently improved from the spring to now. I believe he has worked to earn this opportunity.”
As a freshman last season, Robinette did about as good of a job as you could have asked him to in relief of an injured Austyn Carta-Samuels, completing 46-of-88 passes for 642 yards and four touchdown strikes. He also showed the versatility that he brings to the table for this team, with 214 yards on 71 carries with seven touchdowns.
The Commodores will open up the 2014 college football season in exactly one week next Thursday when they take on the Temple Owls, officially kicking off the Mason-Robinette era for Vanderbilt.