Vanderbilt Plans to Open Preseason
Practices To Public; Freshmen and Invited Walk-ons Start Wednesday
Head Coach Bobby Johnson will allow the public to attend the
team’s preseason practices that begin Wednesday morning.
The “open practice” policy comes
on the heels of Vanderbilt officials receiving confirmation
that the squad’s state-of-the-art AstroPlay synthetic surface
will be ready when 21 freshmen signees and six invited walk-ons
have their initial practice Wednesday. The coach said practices
closer to the season opener against Georgia Tech may be closed.
Johnson’s staff will guide the
newcomers through two-a-day conditioning drills Wednesday
and Thursday before veterans report Friday and the university
hosts its Dore Jam Field Day this Sunday at the renovated
McGugin Practice Complex. “We’re ready to get going with practice.
The kids are ready and the coaches are ready,” Coach Johnson
The public will be allowed to
watch practices from a concrete right-of-way recently constructed
on the east side of McGugin Practice Complex. Due to construction
through Saturday, visitors are requested to use the Vanderbilt
Sports Medicine entrance at McGugin Center to get to the practice
facility. Starting Sunday with the Dore Jam activities, an
access gate off Natchez Trace Drive will be available.
McGugin Practice Complex Update:
The Commodores will use the cushioned AstroPlay surface for
all practices this week, Coach Johnson said. The team could
start utilizing the adjacent 80-yard natural grass surface
next week. A few projects, including construction of perimeter
fencing, are not finished.
Johnson Appearance Saturday:
The public can meet Coach Johnson Saturday when he appears
at Sports Seasons, located in the Lions Head Shopping Center
off White Bridge Road in Nashville.
Practice Updates Coming:
Daily practice updates will be featured on Vanderbilt’s official
website, www.vucommodores.com. The updates will include coaches’
comments, brief practice summaries and features on the squad.
This Week of Vanderbilt Football
Wed., Aug. 7
(9:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.)
Thurs., Aug. 8
(9:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.)
Fri., Aug. 9
Veterans Report to Campus
Frosh Practice - 4:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 10
Full-Squad Conditioning Practice
• Coach Johnson also appears at Sports Seasons located in
Lions Head Shopping Center on White Bridge Rd., Nashville.
Sun., Aug. 11
“Dore Jam” Field Day
(4:00-6:00 p.m.) McGugin Practice Complex
Mon., Aug. 12
Full Squad Two-a-Days Start