Theron Kadri Leaves Vanderbilt team

NASHVILLE-- Defensive end Theron Kadri has left the Vanderbilt football team, Head Coach Bobby Johnson announced Tuesday.

Kadri told Johnson of his departure before the coach put the Commodores through a fast-paced, two-hour session at the John Rich Practice Facility. The coach said Kadri, who contributed 25 total tackles in 22 career games, cited personal reasons.

Kadri, of Brighton, Tenn., was in the mix for playing time at a position considered one of the team's deepest as preseason camp opened. That depth was impacted last week when senior starting end Steven Stone went down with a foot fracture that is expected to take at least six weeks to heal.

Johnson said Kadri's absence opens a door for other Commodores to contribute. "This becomes an opportunity for guys like Teriall Brannon, Tim Fugger, Johnell Thomas and others to step up and really help this program," the coach said.

Cole, Nichter, Wilson Back In Pads

Three Commodores – redshirt freshman receiver John Cole, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Colt Nichter and freshman cornerback Tray Wilson – returned to full-gear work Tuesday. All three are working their way back to full strength after suffering lower leg injuries.

Hustling After Practice to NCC Function

Coach Johnson and co-captains Ryan Hamilton, Patrick Benoist and Bradley Vierling hurried from the practice field to participate in the Commodore Kickoff Picnic, held Tuesday night in the Memorial Gym Plaza.

The National Commodore Club-sponsored event drew nearly 300 followers to hear from Coach Johnson and Vierling. Vice Chancellor David Williams also spoke, praising the team's 2008 7-6 campaign and highlighting the many athletic and academic achievements registered last year by Vanderbilt student-athletes.

Come Out Sunday to the Coaches' Show

The Bobby Johnson Call-In Show, presented by Martin and Zerfoss Insurance and Auto-Owners Insurance, will open its fall season this Sunday, August 30 at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt. The one-hour program is heard live on 104.5 The Zone starting at 6:30 p.m. CT. Commodore fans attending the show will be treated to free appetizers for the debut.

Johnson will be joined by co-host and Voice of the Commodores Joe Fisher. The first show allows Johnson to preview the season opener against Western Carolina and take calls from Commodore fans across the nation.

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