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Patton Robinette named Vanderbilit's starting quarterback

Nick Bromberg
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Vanderbilt ready to tighten up quarterback pool
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FILE -- In this Oct. 19, 2013, file photo, Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette passes against Georgia in an NCAA college football game in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt coaches have been doing their best to give all six quarterbacks a chance to make a good impression in the opening days of camp. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Patton Robinette has won Vanderbilt's quarterback competition.

Coach Derek Mason announced Thursday that Robinette would start Vanderbilt's season opener against Temple.

Mason said Robinette had progressed the furthest of the team's quarterbacks from the spring. He was competing with Stephen Rivers, a transfer from LSU and the younger brother of San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary.

"I thought he did a better job of keeping his composure, keeping his eyes down the field, learning how to use his skillset in terms of keeping plays alive and then managing what we do," Mason said.

Robinette played significantly in 2013 as a redshirt freshman for the Commodores. He first saw siginificant playing time in Vanderbilt's win over Georgia when Austyn Carta-Samuels was injured. He started against Texas A&M and Florida and got snaps in every game for the remainder of Vanderbilt's season before starting the Commodores' bowl game after Carta-Samuels was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

Robinette finished the year 46-88 passing for 642 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions.

Rivers transferred from LSU this summer and was immediately eligible after he graduated from LSU in May. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

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