Offense dominates Vanderbilt practice

The Vanderbilt offense showed its best effort of the season Tuesday night, controlling the scrimmage for the entirety. Once again, younger players stepped up and showcased their talents.

Mackenzi Adams and Richard Kovalcheck looked crisp and sharp with their reads and throws tonight, as starter Chris Nickson watched after limited action. Larry Simmons and Steven Goulet looked ready to compete on a Southeastern Conference level tonight getting open against various defenses and catching what was thrown their way. Marlon White made the most exciting catch of the night on the sidelines, hauling in a long pass while concentrating on getting both feet inbounds (even though you only need one in college ball).

Jared Hawkins looked ready to assume the starting tailback position with several breakaway runs. Gaston Miller enjoyed a big night, both running and catching the ball. One time after catching a quick pass, he absorbed a helmet-to-helmet blow and bounced right up. Kennard Reeves also displayed some excellent moves tonight. All three freshmen could see action in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Coach Bobby Johnson was pleased with what he saw from Hawkins. "He ran well and had some good blocking. We were more aggressive on offense tonight." Coach Johnson then expanded on the play of the offensive line. "They executed better and they were stronger on their blocks. They held the blocks longer, and that gave our backs a chance to execute."

Cassen Jackson Garrison may already be ahead of schedule in his recuperation following an emergency appendectomy yesterday. Coach Johnson revealed, "He was released from the hospital, and everything is looking good. I think they (the doctors) are hoping he can even start running by the end of the week. To me, it's almost a miracle. He's a nice physical specimen, and if anybody can come back, he's the guy."

With all the freaky injuries, such as Bryant Hahnfeldt's spraining an ankle stepping in a hole retrieving a ball to CJG's appendicitis among others, Coach Johnson told the media that this was the most unique year ever for non-contact injuries in his coaching tenure.

On the bright side, Earl Bennett is nearly ready to return to practice. With the top two running backs from last season doubtful for the beginning of the season, Coach Johnson rumored that Bennett could see some time at that position.

The Commodores will practice twice Wednesday and Friday and once Thursday and Saturday.


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