published Thursday, April 25th, 2013

QB Club to hear Vandy's James Franklin

Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin, who has led the Commodores to bowl games in each of his first two seasons, will be the guest speaker Monday at the Chattanooga Quarterback Club.

Vanderbilt's nine wins last season were the most for the program since 1915. The Commodores have won four Southeastern Conference games by 23 or more points the past two seasons, matching the total from 1957 to 2010.

"It has been forever since we've had an SEC football coach, so this is kind of a big deal," Quarterback Club president Doug Dyer said Wednesday. "He has been very nice about it and is not charging us anything. We are really excited."

The Quarterback Club meets from noon to 1 at the Stadium Club inside Finley Stadium, and Franklin is scheduled to start speaking around 12:15. Cost is $10 for the meal and $4 just for the speech.

Former Baylor School offensive lineman Barrett Gouger, now a redshirt freshman for the Commodores, was the first-team right guard during the Black & Gold game on April 13.

Contact David Paschall at or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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