"They're practicing with a purpose," said Head Coach Bobby Johnson. "The purpose is to get better to prepare for chances to win."
After losing many key contributors to the draft and graduation, Vandy looks to trot out a young and talented lineup next year in search of the ever elusive bowl berth.
Though Tuesday marked only the first practice, many players have used to off-season to work on learning new positions in hopes for finding the right mix for success.
Senior Herdley Harrison who started 10 games at linebacker last year has been moved to defensive end in order to replace the departed Jovan Haye. Harrison has ideal height for the position, but is looking to improve his overall girth in order to do battle against some of the best offensive linemen in the country.
"He's going to be the leader of that group," said senior quarterback Jay Cutler. "It is unselfish of him to move to a position he has never played."
The offensive line is recovering from a hit due to the graduation of the entire left side formerly made up of guard Brian Kovolisky and tackle Justin Geisinger. One of the most intriguing competitions will be at the left tackle position as sophomore Chris Williams and senior Ryan King both go for the spot. King has the experience but Williams is considered both raw and talented.
Either way despite the stale and frigid air, the Dores are hoping that some of these changes will lead to a fresh start that can bring their '04 goals to fruition in '05.