Commodores Conduct Effective
Practice Early Friday; Team Moves Past Midway Point of Two-a-Day
Friday morning with the Commodores
- The Commodores continued to prepare for the season opener
at Georgia Tech with a meticulous two-hour practice early
Friday at John Rich Football Complex.
The Commodores will hold a second
Friday session starting at 3:30 p.m., then sleep in before
preparing for a practice and scrimmage Saturday at 2:00 p.m.,
in Vanderbilt Stadium. The team will not practice Sunday,
and should conclude two-a-day drills on Wednesday.
The squad continued to benefit
from the AstroPlay synthetic surface Friday morning as Coach
Bobby Johnson directed individual and team drills under damp
weather conditions. Because of the improved practice surfaces,
the Commodores have not missed any substantial time due to
adverse weather this preseason.
The Commodores spent nearly an
hour of the practice in non-tackling 11-on-11 drills, with
position coaches either praising an individual players’ effort
or reviewing missed assignments after each play. The squad
also was worked on numerous special teams.
Practice just part of day
Participating in practice is just part of a Commodore player’s
responsibilities to the team during two-a-day drills. A normal
day of camp starts before dawn and ends after dusk. Each player
must be on the field by the start of practice at 6:00 a.m.,
and attend position meetings after the morning session and
before the afternoon practice. The remainder of the day is
consumed by an occasional weightroom workout, three team meals
and brief naps.
Saturday session is first
look at new stadium surface
The practice/scrimmage Saturay will provide observers with
their first look at the lush Bermuda grass surface on Dudley
Field in Vanderbilt Stadium. It will also mark the first time
this preseason that all Commodore players except kicking prospects
have worked out on the new surface.
The university re-installed
the natural grass surface after the team ended spring practice
last May. The football program and other Commodore athletic
teams were forced to use the stadium last spring during the
extensive construction of practice fields behind McGugin Center.
No cameras permitted Saturday
The public is allowed to watch the practice/scrimmage Saturday,
but the coaching staff will not permit cameras in the facility.
The two-hour session also will include individual and team
drills. Several players recuperating from nagging ailments
will not participate.
New Commodore Sideline Reporter
Kevin Ingram, one of the most respected radio sports reporters
in Middle Tennessee, has been named Sideline Reporter for
the Commodore Radio Sports Network. Ingram, the sports reporter
at WSM and WWTN radio stations in Nashville, replaces former
Commodore running back Norman Jordan (Class of ’82). Play-by-play
announcer Joe Fisher and color analyst John Gromos return
for their fifth year together in the Commodore radio booth.