Trey Wilson causing headaches for offenses

September, 21, 2011
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Heading into the season, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin assumed that star cornerback Casey Hayward wouldn’t get much love from opposing offenses.

Hayward’s decorated past has offenses nervous to throw to his side of the field, so that meant that Franklin and defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff had to get fellow corner Trey Wilson more than ready to see a lot of action.

“Coming into this year, we knew that he was going to have some opportunities,” Franklin said Wednesday. “People were probably going to try and stay away from Casey if everything was even.

“He had a great spring, he had a great summer.”

Through three games, things have certainly worked out for Wilson and the Commodores.

Vanderbilt has an SEC-high 10 interceptions and Wilson has a league-high three interceptions, with two of them coming back for touchdowns.

Even with Wilson’s success, Hayward hasn’t been left out of all the fun. He has two interceptions and one of them has been returned for a score.

Teams' passing efficiency against Vandy is at 80.0, right behind Alabama for tops in the conference, and teams are completing just 48.9 percent of their passes against the Commodores.

It’s been tough to throw on Vandy and Franklin expects that trend to continue.

“We’re just going to continue to build on that and allow those guys to have some fun and fly around and that’s what we’re doing right now,” he said.

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