Notes from opponents preseason drills

Here's a quick snapshot of what is going on at Vanderbilt's opponent's preseason practices.

Wake Forest- Benjamin Mauk has pretty much sealed up the #1 spot at quarterback. Deacon receivers have been hit with the injury bug during the early fall practices. Kenny Moore, Kevin Marion, and Delon Lowe have all missed practices due to injuries.

Arkansas- Offensive guard Zac Tubbs hurt his "good ankle" in a goal line scrimmage and cornerback Michael Grant broke a finger. Quarterback Robert Johnson seems in the early lead to take over at starting quarterback.

Ole Miss- Rebel Football Coach Ed Orgeron was disappointed with the first live scrimmage of preseason practice. ". . . Football is about execution and ours was not good today." Quarterback Micheal Spurlock is working with the first team offense.

Richmond- Spider Football head coach Dave Clawson ran his squad through its first double-session day Wednesday morning at First Market Stadium. The Spiders donned full pads for the second-straight day and began the morning practice at 8 a.m.

MTSU- On the first day of two-a-days, Middle Tennessee went through a 26-play scrimmage. Clint Marks is slated as the starting quarterback. In Sports Illustrated's most recent issue, the Blue Raiders were ranked No. 65 in the nation which was higher than eight of its 2005 opponents, including Vanderbilt.

LSU- Head coach Les Miles will not allow the quarterbacks to be hit in practice, ""We're going to go to the game with our quarterbacks in green jerseys, and we're not going to touch our quarterbacks." said Miles. LSU junior tailback Alley Broussard will miss the 2005 season after injuring his right knee in Saturday's practice.

Georgia- Georgia worked more on its running game than anything else. Head coach Mike Richt noted that Georgia is so shorthanded on defense. Andy Bailey missed a field goal of about 20 yards.

South Carolina- Friday the squad put on full pads during a two-hour session in the morning, then went with helmets and shorts for an additional 90 minutes during the evening practice. Steve Spurrier: "We had a bunch of guys fall out because of the heat . . . We cut it down a little bit because of the heat. Hopefully the guys will be fresh and ready to go tonight."

Florida - Urban Meyer likes what he sees with quarterback Chris Leak, "Chris Leak has really been doing an excellent job," said Meyer. Pat Carter, who transfered to Florida from Georgia Tech, has left the team.

Kentucky- The Kentucky defense has looked good during the first week of practice. The UK first-, second-, and third-team defensive units kept their offensive counterparts out of the end zone during the one-hour, 20-minute scrimmage. "The speed on defense is better," said head coach Rich Brooks.

Tennessee- Rick Clausen completed 10 of 13 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, including a 65-yarder to Bret Smith as the defensive secondary struggled. Center David Ligon suffered a high-ankle sprain.


Chris Leak has looked good during preseason drills. (Photo by GatorCountry.com)

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