Commodores’ Focus, Concentration
Excellent in Monday Practice 8/19/02
Monday Morning with the Commodores - Head Coach Bobby
Johnson praised the Commodores’ concentration on the practice
field early Monday during a two-hour session.
Following an off day Sunday,
the Commodores were efficient and focused during the practice
that included individual fundamentals and team drills aimed
at correcting mistakes made in the squad’s first preseason
The Commodores returned to the
field Monday afternoon, and has two practices scheduled Tuesday.
“We did a nice job out there
this morning,” Johnson said. “What I was most pleased about
was our concentration level, especially the first practice
after a strenuous scrimmage. We spent a good deal of time
correcting some of the things we did wrong during the scrimmage.”
Scrimmage in the Stadium
Nearly 300 Commodore fans visited Vanderbilt Stadium Saturday
to watch Johnson’s team in its scrimmage. The defensive intensity
was evident from the start of the 90-minute session as they
limited the offense to just two first downs in the first four
offensive series. The offense, directed by junior Benji
Walker, redshirt freshman Jay Cutler and freshman
Steven Bright, showed improvement in the rushing game
as the 75-play scrimmage progressed. The unit notched a pair
of rushing touchdowns toward the end of the scrimmage.
Though no score was recorded,
the offense was performing up-downs at the conclusion of practice.
Visitor at Afternoon Practice
Rudy Kalis, sports anchor for WSMV-TV in Nashville, spent
and hour watching the team Monday afternoon. Kalis will perform
play by play duties for the NBC affiliate in Nashville in
Vanderbilt's season opener at Georgia Tech.
The Offensive Backfield
Several key positions in the Commodore offensive backfield,
including the eventual quarterback, remain up for grabs.
On Monday, Walker and Cutler
continued to alternate snaps at quarterback with the first
unit. Both are mirror images of the other, offering good size,
strong arms and a dual threat at the position. Neither enters
the season with an abundance of game experience. Three other
quarterbacks - Bright, senior Howdy McPherson and freshman
walk-on Jason Burns - also are getting plenty of snaps.
The team’s five tailback prospects
- junior Ronald Hatcher, sophomore Norval McKenzie,
junior Jason Bourque, freshman Kwane Doster
and freshman Ron Bullock - were active at Monday’s
practice. Redshirt freshman Matthew Tant saw repetitions
at tailback and fullback.
Competing for playing time at
fullback with Tant are seniors Mike Adam, Bara Cola
and Juan Rojas, junior Zeke Brandon and freshman