Black & Gold scrimmage Saturday at 10 a.m.

NASHVILLE-– The Black and Gold Scrimmage, annually the featured attraction of the Commodores' Spring Practice activities, is scheduled Saturday, March 31, in Vanderbilt Stadium.

Head Coach Bobby Johnson hopes Vanderbilt fans come out and see the progress his Commodores have made through Spring Practice, which started March 13 and continues into next week. The Black & Gold Scrimmage is the only opportunity this spring for Commodore fans to see Johnson's squad. The scrimmage starts at 10 a.m., and is free to the public. Stadium entrances at Gate 2 near the intersection of Jess Neely Drive and Natchez Trace will open at 9 a.m.

"We'd like to see a lot of our fans come out and see how we are doing," Johnson said. "I've been tremendously pleased with effort and intensity this spring. We've enjoyed a lot of improvement in many areas, but need to keep making strides to become a better football team."

More than 80 Commodores are expected to participate for the scrimmage, which will feature an offense versus defense format for the sixth consecutive year under Johnson. While many of Vanderbilt's 17 returning starters will see action, Johnson's staff will use the session as another opportunity to evaluate their younger, inexperienced Commodores being counted on for substantial playing roles in the upcoming season.

"The younger guys need to use every practice opportunity available to them to make their case for being on the field," Johnson said. "We're had a lot of guys already step up this spring. I think our fans will see those guys Saturday and hopefully a lot more than take advantage of the opportunity.


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