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Derek Mason compares Vanderbilt opener to … Mayweather vs. McGregor

Derek Mason 2014 season
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Is Vanderbilt Floyd Mayweather or Conor McGregor? Derek Mason chose an interesting analogy when describing the Commodores’ opener with Middle Tennessee.

The mason compared Saturday’s gridiron kickoff to last weekend’s super welterweight boxing matchup during an appearance on “The Greg Pogue & Big Joe Show” on Nashville radio station WNSR.

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Mason said that while Vanderbilt is aware of the danger from Blue Raiders quarterback Brent Stockstill and his top two wide receivers, Richie James and Ty Lee, it’s hard to simulate their skills in practice. He believes it’ll take time before each team knows what to expect from the other – just like last Saturday’s action in the ring.

“It’s no different than the Mayweather-McGregor fight,” Mason said. “You’re going to feel each other out. You’re going to get into the fight. You’re going to probe one another, they’re going to probe us, we’re going to probe them. And then you’ll get a chance to see punches thrown.”

The teams kick off Saturday night at the Blue Raiders’ home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Over the last few years, Vanderbilt has ended up in the loss column (like McGregor last week) more often than not during its opening-day games. The Commodores lost to South Carolina in 2012, Ole Miss in 2013, Temple in 2014, Western Kentucky in 2015 and South Carolina again in 2016.

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