Johnson Pleased With Tuesday
Morning Effort, Squad Moves Into Full-Pads on Wednesday
Tuesday Morning with the Commodores
- Coach Bobby Johnson liked what he saw from his Commodores
in a spirited two-hour practice Tuesday morning at the John
Rich Football Complex.
Speaking to the media afterward,
the coach said he looked forward to the team’s first two-a-day
practice in full pads scheduled for Wednesday morning. The
team is scheduled to practice at 6:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.,
Wednesday through Friday.
“I feel better this morning about
what I saw than yesterday. The players were quite spirited
out there,” Johnson said.“I thought our guys were concentrating
much better on what they needed to get done.”
Both offensive and defensive
units took advantage early Tuesday of the opportunity to improve
off a Monday afternoon session the coach termed “ragged.”
The offense coordinated by Ted Cain and directed by quarterback
candidates Benji Walker and Jay Cutler, was as effective in
11-on-11 and team drills as it has been since veterans reported
last Saturday. An energetic and aggressive defense was frequently
praised by the coaching staff during an hour of non-tackling
“Our concentration and focus
was better than Monday. That’s the way this team will get
better and it’s a good sign as we go to full paids,” the coach
Plenty of Competition at Receiver
Several Commodores are in the mix for playing time among receivers
where three senior starters - tight end Tom Simone and wideouts
Dan Stricker and M.J. Garrett - return from a year ago.
Competing with Simone at tight
end under Cain’s watchful eye are juniors Nick Getter and
Dan Murphy, sophomore Curtis Brancheau and redshirt freshman
Dustin Dunning. The wide receiver candidates, coached by J.D.
Hall, include senior Ryan Cuffee, junior Markessus House,
sophomore Brandon Smith, redshirt freshmen Keith Williams,
Jerrin Holt and Jason Caldwell, and freshmen Grant Brigham
and Erik Davis.
Keeping the Training Staff
With temperatures forecast to reach 90 degrees for much of
the coming week, Tom Bossung and the eight-member Vanderbilt
training staff may be the busiest folks on the practice fields.
Since the start of camp, the
trainers have worked to make sure Commodore players consume
a sufficient amount of fluids through each workout and during
the team’s mid-practice breaks. Throughout practice, Bossung
has a trainer assigned to every position grouping, monitoring
each player’ fluid intake during the strenuous camp.
Bossung’s staff assistants are
Molly Malone and Ryan Cobb. Also contributing are graduate
assistant Mark Bussman and student aids Mark Creasy, Amber
Dixon, Emily Spears, Cara Johnston and Dave Seecharun.