The players of the 2015 Vanderbilt Commodores will hold their first preseason camp practice on Thursday August 6 and will be hoping that this year’s campaign is markedly different from the catastrophe which was the 2014 season.
The ‘Dores will begin two-a-day practices on August 11, giving the team almost a full month of intense preparation before the first game against Western Kentucky on Thursday September 3 at Vanderbilt Stadium. One of the highlights of camp each year is Dore Jam, and this year the fan event will take place on Sunday August 16 from 2-4 p.m. at the indoor practice facility. This venue is ideal as it allows fans to meet the players, play games and enjoy all the rest of the festivities with no fear of the fun being interrupted by the heat or inclement weather.
Vandy will once again be young in 2015, so this preseason camp is going be huge in getting players reps at game speed and developing chemistry within the team. The ‘Dores return 50 letter winners and 22 players who recorded at least five starts last fall, but the number of seniors (9) is going to be one of the lowest in the entire nation. With new play callers on both sides of the ball, Andy Ludwig on offense and head coach Derek Mason on defense, this camp time is truly invaluable to the team.
First and foremost Vandy simply has to find a quarterback which the coaching staff trusts coming out of camp. Last fall this just didn’t really happen and the result was a revolving carousel of guys which gave the team zero stability and zero chance in most games which were played. Last year Vandy had four starting quarterbacks throughout the season, the most in the FBS. This year either Johnny McCrary or Wade Freebeck simply has to stand up and take charge of the position.
The other big news to watch in camp will be the play of the defense. In 2014 the unit ranked last in the SEC in scoring defense (33.3 points per game) but there is some hope. In the one game where Mason had full control of the unit the ‘Dores gave Tennessee all they could handle on the way to a 24-17 loss. With Mason now able to structure the defense as he sees fit, which is the reason the hire was made in the first place, then there is realistic hope that on one side of the ball at least the Commodores will be hugely improved this season.
Vandy Preseason Camp Opens Next Week!
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