Tuesday practice report

Nashville, Tenn. – The Commodores prepared for the upcoming Black & Gold Scrimmage by staging their first practice this spring in Vanderbilt Stadium Tuesday.

Head Coach Bobby Johnson concluded the two-hour, 30-minute session with a 41-play situational scrimmage that featured an aggressive defense and a pair of late touchdown drives by the offense.

The Commodores are scheduled to practice once more, on Thursday, before holding their annual Black & Gold Scrimmage on Saturday. The featured Spring Practice activity starts at 10 a.m. in Vanderbilt Stadium, and is free to all Commodore fans.

The scrimmage Tuesday opened with a strong defensive effort, starting with linebacker Jonathan Goff's deflection of a Chris Nickson pass attempt to Earl Bennett. Sacks by end Chris Booker and linebacker Marcus Buggs put the offense in poor situations on the next two possessions, while punishing tackles by linebackers Chris Johnson and Brandon Bryant, safety Ryan Hamilton and tackle Ray Brown forced punting situations on ensuing drives.

After an interception by safety Reshard Langford, redshirt freshman quarterback MacKenzi Adams settled down, directing a pair of touchdowns to conclude the practice. Adams effectively mixed in completions to several targets, including tight end Jake Bradford and wide receivers Bryant Anderson and Sean Walker, with rushing yards provided by Darnell Martemus in both possessions. Martemus concluded each drive with a short touchdown run.

Injuries Limiting Some Commodores

Injuries are expected to keep several key Commodores, including senior starting wide receiver Marlon White and junior starting defensive tackle Theo Horrocks, out of the Black & Gold Scrimmage. Both are expected back at full strength for preseason camp.

Other Commodore standouts that have not practiced this spring, due to injury, are tailback Jeff Jennings, kicker/punter Bryant Hahnfeldt, cornerback Sean Dixon, defensive end Curtis Gatewood and offensive guard Mac Pyle.

Still other Commodores, including tailbacks Cassen Jackson-Garrison and Jared Hawkins, quarterback Chris Nickson and linebacker Kevin Joyce, have been limited this spring with nagging injuries.

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