Vanderbilt O-line, running backs dominate

Saturday it was all offensive line and freshmen running backs. Warren Norman averaged 6 or 7 yards a carry. He and Zac Stacy have very quick feet while Wesley Tate is more of a power runner. Look inside for complete notes on Saturday's scrimmage.

"Both Warren Norman and Zac Stacy have quicker feet than anybody we've seen in a while," said VandyMania Vanderbilt football analyst and photographer Stan Jones. Jones said Stacy took off on what appeared to be about a 70-yard gallop on the scrimmage's second series. Jones was impressed with both Stacy and Norman. He said Wesley Tate also ran well but appears to be more of a power runner. Stan said that Kennard Reeves also had some good runs. Senior Jared Hawkins watched the scrimmage from the sidelines.

The battle for quarterback appears to be going to Larry Smith. Smith, along with Jared Funk, got most of the reps on Saturday, "Larry was running with the A group and Funk with the B group," said Stan. Senior Mackenzi Adams saw little action.

Although Alex Washington caught a couple of nice passes, receivers were dropping balls regularly. However, Stan likes the idea of Justin Green playing wide receiver, "I think he'll be a good move. I don't think he's quite wide receiver speed but his height can make up for a lot of it." Stan also said that late signee Collin Ashley is also getting a lot of work and might see some playing time. Stan expects Udom Umoh, John Cole and Alex Washington to start backed up by Akeem Dunham, Justin Green and Tray Herndon. Turner Wimberly and some of the freshmen should also see limited playing time.

Jones said the offensive line played super, as indicated by the rushing success. He believes Thomas Welch will start at left tackle, Ryan Custer at left guard, Bradley Vierling at center, Reilly Lauer at right guard and James Williams at right tackle. Jones says that Williams has made tremendous improvement in his technique since last season.

On defense it looks like the secondary is set with Ryan Hamilton (safety), Myron Lewis (corner), Sean Richardson (safety) and Casey Hayward (corner). Jamie Graham appears to be set at nickel back. This should help keep him fresh for possible offensive use. Additionally, true freshman Eric Samuels looks like he'll be playing some as a freshman.

Jones said that Rob Lohr and Adam Smotherman looked good on the defensive line. "I think Taylor Loftley is going to play," he added, "Broderick Stewart looks back to speed." Greg Billinger sat out the scrimmage.

Linebacker is pretty well set but it looks like Tristan Strong will see some action at that position.

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