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Monday Vanderbilt Practice Report
Posted Aug 15, 2011
After opening up practice on Saturday morning and holding a scrimmage on Saturday night, Coach Franklin and the Commodores returned to the John Rich practice facility on Monday to continue training for the 2011 season.
Just over a week into camp, the
football team hit the practice field for the 11th time this preseason in preparation for the 2011 season. Although he said the team is keeping up its energy, Coach
is starting to see signs of fatigue.
“Today was an important practice. We’re at that point in camp where guys are starting to get banged up a little bit, worn down,” said Franklin. “We’ve got some guys out and some guys are fighting through it. It’s important to come out and work even when we’re tired.”
One of those players that is a little banged up is freshman running back
, who watched practice from the sideline today. In his place, fellow freshman back
had an increased number of touches.
“He has very very good lower body strength,” said Franklin of Hester. “He can stick his foot in the ground and make people miss.”
Hester made multiple plays out of the backfield and showed an impressive ability to cut the ball upfield. Junior
has gotten the majority of repetitions with the first team offense and has reliably gained positive yardage; Franklin called Stacy “Mr. Consistency” following practice. Although fellow junior
is participating in practice, he has taken a limited number of repetitions, presumably because of lingering knee troubles.
Freshman tight end Dillon van der Wal made several impressive plays, including a long reception across the middle from
. After making the catch, van der Wal shook off two tacklers before cutting the ball upfield for what would have been a very long gain. Following practice, Franklin mentioned that he wanted both van der Wal and fellow freshman tight end Steven Scheu to gain some size and improve their blocking ability.
The offense spent a considerable amount of time practicing red zone situations with varying degrees of success. At one point, senior quarterback Larry Smith threw three consecutive touchdowns from the ten yard line before being intercepted by
on a pass across the middle. Freshman
also made several good plays, including a touchdown pass to
On the defensive side of the ball, Coach Franklin announced after practice that freshman
would move from defensive end to defensive tackle to better utilize his large frame and strength. Meanwhile, fellow freshmen
will remain at defensive end. Although Bryant is still somewhat undersized, he made several impressive plays on Monday, using his speed to disrupt the quarterback in the backfield.
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