Vanderbilt finished 18th nationally last season in total defense.As the Commodores’ second-year defensive coordinator, Bob Shoop, is quick to point out, that was good enough for sixth in the SEC … or middle of the pack.“That’s the reality in this league,” Shoop said.The other reality in this league is that there’s no resting on your defensive laurels.As good as the Commodores were last season on defense, as sound as they were and as proficient as they were at taking the ball away from opponents, it all starts anew Thursday night when South Carolina visits Vanderbilt Stadium.

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