Vanderbilt’s first preseason practice is fast
Vanderbilt wide receiver Chandler Dorrell makes a catch during practice at Vanderbilt first preseason practice on Aug. 4, 2016.(Photo: Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean)About 20 members of the Vanderbilt police force accompanied players to the indoor practice facility as part of the Commodores’ demonstration of solidarity and support for law enforcement. Players invited the police, who cheered the team on as it took the field.
Defensive lineman Jay Woods and cornerback Donovan Sheffield both wore red jerseys to signify injuries, but they still took part in drills on a limited basis.
Defense was ready to go: Vanderbilt has more proven talent and experience returning on the defensive side, and it showed in the first practice. The defense seemed to out pace the offense during team drills, and it often finished the play better.www.cheapjerseys13.com One such instance occurred when safety Jalen Banks chased a ball carrier, who ran past the secondary and thought the play was over despite no whistle being blown. Banks poked out the ball from behind, scooped it off the turf and returned it the other way.
Overly chippy for first day: Little scuffles between players usually occur on the first day in pads or deep into two a days, when players are fatigued and in a bad mood. But a few small confrontations broke out after the whistle during the opening practice, which was played in shorts, jerseys and helmets. Wide receiver Trent Sherfield and cornerback Tre Herndon got tangled up during a 1 on 1 passing drill, and neither refused to give any ground.www.cheapjerseys13.com They jawed back and forth well after the play until Coach Derek Mason stepped between them. And during the team session, sophomore offensive tackle Justin Skule and freshman linebacker Andre Mintze were locked up long after the play in a shoving match until players pulled them apart.
Receivers tout intrigue:Darrius Sims caught a 35 yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Deuce Wallace on his first route of 1 on 1 drills. Sims had similar highlights in last year’s camp, but he finished the season with only 10 catches for 110 yards. Duncan, coming off a torn Achilles a year ago, looked like his old self, making sure handed catches along the sideline and running crisp routes. Three true freshmen made their first appearance in the receiving corps, and they may all have a chance to play. Each made a couple of good catches, but 5 foot 10, 164 pound Donaven Tennyson made a clear impression as a quick run after catch threat.