Scrimmage Signals End of Commodore
Two-A-Days; WNSR Afternoon Show Airs Thursday from Campus
Wednesday with the Commodores
in Nashville - The Commodores scrimmaged for more than an
hour Wednesday morning as the team continued preparations
for the season opener at Georgia Tech in just 10 days.
Head Coach Bobby Johnson used
the scrimmage to give the squad another strenuous full-contact
session before the end of training camp. The Commodores start
daily practices Thursday with a focus on the season opener.
After the morning scrimmage,
the Commodores ended two-a-day drills practicing two hours
in shoulder pads and shorts Wednesday afternoon. The team
went through a brisk 20-period workout of individual, unit
and team drills.
Johnson left the practice field
after the morning scrimmage pleased with the team’s overall
effort and execution.
“We did a good job of cutting
down on the mistakes, a much better job than we did during
the scrimmage Saturday,” Johnson said. “I also saw most of
our guys working extremely hard out there. What we need is
to get everyone of our players working like our best guys.
That’s the way this team is going to get better.”
The scrimmage was the second
consecutive practice to include full-contact action. On Tuesday
afternoon, the team went through a 20-minute scrimmage limited
to goal-line situations. The Wednesday scrimmage was more
open, with the offense starting most possessions in their
The offense, blending play-action
passes with a two-back rushing attack, was more efficient
this morning than during Saturday’s effort. The unit posted
a pair of scoring drives, and made fewer mental mistakes.
The defense also continued its aggressive style as they adapt
to the new 4-3 alignment. The coaches switched personnel freely,
giving most of the team a chance to showcase their talent.
Commodores Practices Closed
When the Commodores start daily practices on Thursday, the
practice field will be closed to the public for the first
time this preseason. With two-a-days over, Coach Johnson said
the closed practice policy would be in effect as the Commodores
begin to focus on the season opener at Georgia Tech Saturday,
Bill King, David Climer bring
WNSR AM-560 afternoon show to campus Thursday
Nashville radio sports talk host Bill King will feature three
hours on the Commodores Thursday when he broadcasts his WNSR
(AM-560) afternoon show from the John Rich Football Complex.
King will be joined by Nashville Tennessean columnist David
Climer on the 3:00-6:00 p.m. (CST) show. It will be staged
in the Vanderbilt football weight room.
Listeners will hear King and
Climer interview several Vanderbilt officials, including Coach
Johnson (3:10 p.m.), Director of Athletics Todd Turner (4:10
p.m.) and Chancellor Gordon Gee (5:10 p.m.). The Vanderbilt
chancellor is expected to stay through much of the show’s
final hour. Several football assistants, including Assistant
Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach Robbie Caldwell, Defensive
Coordinator Bruce Fowler and Offensive Coordinator Ted Cain,
also will be interviewed.