By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Commodores had a bye week to work on protecting their battered quarterback, and coach James Franklin says his assistants came up with a game plan.
Recruit some more linemen.
Apparently the players who can best protect Vanderbilt's quarterback aren't on the team yet, and that's not good; the Commodores visit No. 2 Alabama on Saturday night.
Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) has given up 16 sacks, which ranks 116th out of 120 teams. When asked about improving protection, Franklin says his best option is recruiting.
But until help arrives, Franklin says he and his coaches have studied film of the 21-3 loss to South Carolina on Sept. 24 when the Commodores gave up six sacks, and they plan to do some things to help out the line.
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