Vanderbilt Spring Football Update 4/3
On March 17th, the Vanderbilt Commodores hit the field to kick off another season of exciting Vanderbilt Football. The ‘Dores made great strides last season under the new leadership of first-year head coach James Franklin. Franklin took a 2 win team from the 2010-2011 campaign and was able to qualify for the Autozone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee where they faced the Cincinnati Bearcats of the Big East. The ‘Dores finished the season with a total of 6 wins.
Spring football is usually a time for the players to get back into the swing of things in preparation for the upcoming season. The main focus of this spring will be improving on a very impressive first year record under Franklin and striving to finish games in the fourth quarter which was an issue during the 2011 football season. On the bright side, there has been remarkable improvement from a year ago and the Commodores will use this spring to build upon the success that they experienced during the 2011 campaign with the hopes of returning to another bowl game.
The football team will resume practice on Thursday and Saturday of this week and scrimmage a couple of times throughout the spring until mid April. The spring practice window for the Commodores will conclude with the annual Black and Gold Spring Game on April 14th played at Vanderbilt Stadium. Admission to the Black and Gold Spring Game is absolutely free and open to the public as well. The first 1,000 fans that walk through the gates of Vanderbilt Stadium will also receive a free commemorative poster made specifically for this event. The spring game marks the end of the spring practice series and football resumes with summer workouts followed by the start of the 2012 college football season. Go ‘Dores!