10-Aug: Full pads. Commodore staff puts team though a tough 2-hour session. Franklin, "We are trying to do things as a coaching staff to keep them on their toes and not be the same monotonous practice; throw something in there that they don't expect." Franklin on Caleb Azubike, "I haven't seen too many freshmen in my 17-18 years that look like that, he is impressive. Sometimes they look like Tarzan and play like Jane. Caleb looks like Tarzan and plays like Tarzan."
11-Aug: Full pads. Commodores conduct first scrimmage in Vanderbilt Stadium, which has undergone improvements including new lighting, jumbotron, turf and North End Zone hill seating. The Commodore offense looked strong, successfully converting on 8-of-14 third down situations. Zac Stacy, Brian Kimbrow and Brian Kimbrow all had rushing touchdowns. Eric Samuels, Kenny Ladler, Kellen Williams and Johnell Thomas all made plays on defense. Warren Norman commented after practice, "It felt pretty good. My first time actually coming out here and experiencing full contact in a while. It felt good, just being out here, being back, breaking tackles and running the ball well; it felt good."
13-Aug: Full pads (AM), Helmets and shorts (PM). Vanderbilt went through a thunderstorm shortened 45 minute workout in the morning and then a 2 hour workout in the afternoon. Franklin commented after practice, "It wasn't a true two-a-day because we got rained out (in the morning), but we got some good work done, which is most important," Franklin said. "We installed some stuff we hadn't done earlier." Walk-on quarterback John Townsley was awarded a scholarship.
14-Aug: Franklin wasn't thrilled with Tuesday's practice, "Sloppy in my opinion," said Franklin. "We have to run some more drills with the offense one the sideline and having to run in the substitutions. We did that today with the music going and the crowd noise and we didn't handle that as well."
15-Aug: Full pads (AM), Helmets and shorts (PM). Vanderbilt continues to focus on individual and team development in two practice sessions. Franklin says the team will turn its full attention to South Carolina next week. Franklin talked about building toughness, "That's what our practices are designed to do; make the practices as challenging as possible so the games will be easy, be really demanding on the kids, teach them how to fight through adversity." Franklin says he'll start having conversations on Sunday with the players he thinks will play and that ones that will redshirt. Jordan Rodgers, "The passing game overall is a lot better. The big mistakes whether its missing a protection call to give us a chance to get a play off or missing a throw, whatever it is we need to be more consistent and not have negative plays but overall we've been a lot better in the passing game and are getting into a rhythm."
17-Aug: Head coach James Franklin and linebacker Marc Panu were interviewed on Fox & Friends. Panu, a senior former walk-on player, was recently awarded a scholarship by Franklin.
Vanderbilt Practice Update: 8/18
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