Merely reciting a long list of firsts doesn’t do justice to what Vanderbilt’s football program has accomplished under second-year coach James Franklin. Sure, it helps when you process that Vanderbilt -- thanks to its 38-24 beatdown of North Carolina State on Monday in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl -- is basking in its first nine-win season since 1915. To put into perspective how long ago that’s been, the Titanic sank to her watery grave only three years earlier in the North Atlantic. The Commodores (9-4) also ended the season with a seven-game winning streak, the longest in the SEC and their longest since closing the 1948 season with eight straight wins.
Team Nitro and Team Highlight took to the fields at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports on Monday for Day 1 of practice for Friday’s Under Armour All-America Game. Two powerhouse programs in the Southeastern Conference look to battle it out for one of the standout running backs and one of the top uncommitted offensive linemen is out with an injury.