Vanderbilt's Javon Marshall (31) celebrates his interception with Trey Wilson (8) against Connecticut in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt's new coaching staff spent all of August preaching about the importance of forcing turnovers and protecting the ball. Now the Commodores are seeing the results of that focus as they lead the Southeastern Conference in turnover margin through their 2-0 start.
The Commodores already have five interceptions, after getting nine all last season in going 2-10, and two have been returned for touchdowns. They rank plus-4 in turnover margin, best in the SEC and 10th nationally.
Tackle Rob Lohr was named the SEC's defensive lineman of the week for his four tackles for loss in the game, and the defense had five sacks and forced four turnovers in last weekend's 24-21 win over Connecticut.
Defensive end Walker May says that's a huge confidence boost.
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