NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has named Patton Robinette as his starting quarterback a week before the Commodores’ season opener against Temple.
Mason announced his decision Thursday night.
Robinette, the only quarterback with any starting experience at Vanderbilt, beat out Johnny McCrary and Steven Rivers, the younger brother of Philip who’s quarterback for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers. The Commodores started fall practice with six quarterbacks competing.
Mason said Robinette has shown consistent improvement and called it a difficult decision.
Robinette, who redshirted in 2012, played in 10 games last season. He started in a loss at Texas A&M, Vandy’s first win in Gainesville against Florida since 1945 and the bowl win. He also helped beat Georgia and Tennessee.
HANSBROUGH HAS 55-YARD TD IN SCRIMMAGE: In Columbia, Mo., Russell Hansbrough had a 55-yard scoring run against the second-team defense at a scrimmage that ended Missouri’s training camp.
Running backs combined for 208 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns for the 24th-ranked Tigers on Thursday. Marcus Murphy, who started at wide receiver, had 54 yards on five carries. Freshman Trevon Walters had a 1-yard TD run and Ish Witters had 67 yards on seven carries.
Quarterback Maty Mauk was just 4 for 11 for 28 yards and lost a fumble returned for a touchdown by linebacker Eric Beisel. Tackle Harold Brantley had two sacks.
Starters generally played sparingly and coach Gary Pinkel said play was inconsistent overall.
Missouri opens at home Aug. 30 against South Dakota State.
NEW ASSAULT COMPLAINTS AGAINST EX-RB EMERGE: In St. Louis, two more former University of Missouri students have gone public with assault allegations against ex-running back Derrick Washington, including a women’s soccer player who said her coach suggested she could lose her scholarship if she pursued her complaint that Washington punched her in a 2010 bar fight.
The second woman accuses Washington of raping her in a dorm room as a sophomore in 2008. Local prosecutors in that case declined to file criminal charges, despite a request to do so by campus police. Washington instead agreed to not contact the woman and to complete a rape awareness class under a deferred prosecution agreement.
The women made the statements to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” for a report published Thursday.
The report did not name either woman. Police reports and university documents connected to the two incidents also don’t identify the complainants.
University Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, who came to the Columbia campus in February, said Thursday that the school “made mistakes in the past” by not investigating the alleged sex assault as required by the federal Title IX law.
“Our internal processes broke down,” said Loftin, a former chancellor at Texas A&M University. “Though there does not appear to be any intentional mishandling of any cases in the (ESPN) report at this time, I make no excuses, and offer my personal apologies and those of my staff to the victims.”
Washington, a former co-captain of the team, was convicted in 2011 of deviate sexual assault against a former Missouri athletics tutor while she slept. He served four months of a five-year prison sentence. Missouri’s leading rusher as a sophomore and junior was kicked off the team days before the start of his senior season.
He completed his college football career at Division II Tuskegee in Alabama.
After his dismissal by Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel, Washington also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault against an ex-girlfriend but did not have to serve any additional time. He could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press on Thursday but told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the 2008 incident involved only consensual sex.