September 3, 2010
Joe, has the decision been made to redshirt Jordan Rodgers this year? If Larry Smith does not show significant ability to increase his throwing accuracy in games, it would seem that Rodgers could see playing time ... Thanks and Go Dores!!!
-- Mark (White Bluff)
No decision has been made on Jordan Rodgers yet, although it's clear his nagging back issues really held him back during fall camp. My guess is no decision will be made until it has to be; Smith will be the starter, with Jared Funk waiting in the wings, and Jordan on deck. It's actually a luxury to have a guy that can transfer in and still have a redshirt opportunity.
Any chance you can convince the administration that charging for the radio broadcasts online and the coaches' shows is a terrible idea? This only punishes long distance fans, who the school is lucky to have as followers.
-- Jack (Atlanta)
As so many of these decisions are, this is purely a business and financial one. CBS has done a wonderful job providing the venue for our content, but in the process they were incurring expenses far above and beyond the bottom line. As a new contract came due, it was apparent we either had to pony up thousands of dollars out of an already strapped budget, or go to the pay model that practically every other university has been utilizing. The goal was to make sure we could provide the same quality of programming, production and product by staying with CBS at minimal cost to the consumer. We hope that our fans who listen via the internet feel like the relatively small investment is worth it to stay attached to their Commodores. I also hope our fans realize this was a decision that was not entered into lightly, but with careful thought and consideration.
Joe, what station will carry the dores and do you still do daily updates??!!!
-- Billy (Madison)
Billy, our new flagship station in Nashville is 97.1 fm, WRQQ. They are an extremely energetic and excited partner for Vanderbilt athletics. They have jumped in with tremendous promotion of our program and we are thrilled to be with them. My daily updates on 97.1 have moved to the afternoon. I will be on with "Mac" around 5:12 pm central time Monday through Friday.
March 9, 2010
What is the injury to Brad Tinsley? Any information on his status for the NCAA Tournament?
-- Greg from Cincinnati, Ohio
It is my understanding that Brad's injury is a sprained MCL in the knee (which is a much better diagnosis than we first feared). The plan at this time is to see if he can practice on Wednesday, and how much. The issue in these cases is usually lateral movement and starts and stops. Hopefully he can get back very soon, as Brad is very important to this team being able to perform at its best.
Hi, Joe. Greetings from Eastern Europe, where we are still able to follow the Commodores via vucommodores.com and Armed Forces Network. I wanted to ask you why this team is so much more successful on the road than other Commodores teams, including some very good ones like the 2007-08 team. Keep up the great calls you make which reach here without any problem.
-- Eli from Belgrade, Serbia
Eli, how wonderful to hear from you in Serbia! I think this team has several keys to success on the road. They are an excellent free throw shooting team, which is an absolute must in close games. They don't rely on only one person to score in critical situations, which makes us extremely hard to guard in game winning situations. They have a tremendous amount of confidence in the coaching staff that if the game is close in the final minutes they will find a way to win it. They are a far more physical team than in years past, which bodes well when you have to deal with playing on the road. And, I believe though in the grand scheme of things they are still a young team, they are mentally tough with a lot of battle-tested guys in the lineup.
Thank you so much, Eli, for your service to our country, and a big hello from all of us here to you and yours! I hope to get the opportunity to meet you in person one day.
Jermaine Beal will be missed. He is a great role model. He visited my son in the hospital last year after his heart surgery. He was very kind and positive to Matthew. He even called and checked on him after his release. He is the real thing, He will go far in whatever he chooses to do.
-- Tracey from Kingston Springs, Tenn.
I think Kevin Stallings said it best. Jermaine Beal is the classic example for what a four-year college athlete should be. He came to Vanderbilt keen on getting a quality education, and intent on getting better every year. He has done exactly that. He's a tremendous leader to the team by example. He's not the biggest rah-rah guy around, but you can bet everyone on this team would run through a wall for him. I'm extremely thrilled that the SEC Coaches recognized all of this and voted Jermaine first team All-SEC. It is truly deserved.
Is there anything wrong with Lance Goulbourne? Props to Coach for starting Jenkins and also for giving Steve more playing time (he is just too active to keep off the court).
-- Jim from Franklin, Tenn.
Lance is dealing with the beginnings of a stress fracture, referred to as a stress reaction. Coach Stallings opted over the past week to rest Lance to see if they can get some healing done and have him in better shape for the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. It is one of those injuries that only improves with treatment and rest. I anticipate Lance playing this week here in Nashville, but only time will tell.
Does Vandy get to practice at the Sommet Center prior to the SEC Championships and do you consider playing at the Sommet Center a "home field" advantage?
Yes, the team will get an hour on the Bridgestone Arena (formerly Sommet Center) floor on Thursday morning, I believe. You have to hope there is some "home field" advantage, but truly with the limited number of tickets made available to each school, it's difficult to create a huge home court for yourself. We played in the arena earlier this year precisely because the tournament was going to be there. That game (Western Kentucky) didn't go so well, but I think the team now is in much better shape than then.
Cumulus Broadcasting, LLC and Vanderbilt University have announced a new agreement that will move Commodore football and men's basketball games to 97.1 RQQ (WRQQ) as the flagship station on the Vanderbilt ISP Radio Network. How will this affect your daily radio updates and where will we be able to hear you now?
-- Scott from Nashville, Tenn.
It is my understanding that my daily radio updates will move to afternoon drive time once the move to 97.1 occurs. The exact time of those updates is yet to be determined, but you will be able to hear them live on 97.1, or listen live on their website at www.971rqq.com.
Hi Joe, can you tell me who was involved in the decision to leave the Zone. That was the poorest public relations move I have seen Vanderbilt make in the 15 years I have lived in Middle Tennessee. Thanks for hearing my disappointment.
Thanks for your question, but I will beg to differ that this is a poor public relations decision. We enjoyed a tremendous partnership with WGFX, and I'm sure we'll continue to work together very closely. However, with their decision to become the Titans flagship station, along with the Predators and the Sounds and other possible entities, there was far too much uncertainty into what impact all of that would have on when and how our game broadcasts and call-in shows would air.
It was imperative for us to find a flagship where our broadcasts would be the number one priority, and WRQQ 97.1 was a willing partner. They have an increased sports presence in adding NASCAR broadcasts, but Vanderbilt has the number one priority on their airwaves for all of our programming. In my opinion, it was totally the right thing to do, and I'm very excited about the new partnership.
What is the next step in the football facility improvement project?
-- Tom from Hermitage, Tenn.
Tom, it is actually underway. The football staff has moved out of their office area for their offices and meeting rooms to be renovated. It is hoped it will be completed by August. For now, the football press box has become the football staff's temporary office location.
February 3, 2010
Joe - Just wondered if after a winning game, do the other coaches say much about how improved the team is over last year, or do they compliment the team, or do you get the Lane Kiffin postgame treatment?
-- Tony from Mt Juliet, Tenn.
Tony, I think for the most part, coaches in the SEC have great respect for each other so it's rare that you hear anything other than compliments from an opposing coach. Several coaches this season have spoken pretty candidly about Vanderbilt's balance and depth after suffering a defeat.
Hey Joe, I understand that we did not play like a Top 25 team against Western even though there were circumstances that caused this. Since that time however we have more than proved we are. I know that it is popular to say that rankings do not matter but is that really true. Does it bother the team being overlooked?
-- Doredave from Nashville, Tenn.
Now that the Commodores are solidly in the Top 25 I don't think anyone's concerned about them being overlooked. I will say that sometimes teams can use that feeling of being overlooked as motivation. This year's team seems to really be focused on each game, and I don't see a lot of scoreboard watching or hear much talk about rankings. I think they feel like if they play like they are capable, that being ranked will take care of itself.
Joe, just wondering in looking at Darshawn McClellan stats last year... Why has he fallen off this year? What happened?
-- Country City
Darshawn has simply become a victim of the numbers game. When the season began, the rotation of players was around 11 or so. But once SEC play got here, that rotation was going to be whittled down to eight or nine players. Remember, Andre Walker and Festus Ezeli weren't in the mix last season, so now time at the 4 position has become limited. To Darshawn's credit, he has handled his recent lack of playing time tremendously. He's shown a great attitude, practices hard, and is always ready if his number is called.
What is it that you can and can't say about potential recruits? It seems you always have to watch what you say when talking recruiting, so I was curious about the way it all works. Thanks!
Josh, many play by play broadcasters are independent contractors for their university. I am a member of the Vanderbilt University athletics staff, and as a result I am governed by basically the same rules as the coaches are in regard to recruiting. That means it would be a violation for me to talk about potential recruits prior to their signing, just as it is for coaches. It does get to be a bit of a challenge when recruiting is a hot topic on the radio, or at a speaking engagement, but it's a rule I have to follow.
Joe, where have all the banners gone in Memorial Gym?
-- Jerry from LaVergne, Tenn.
We had a donor recently step forward and offer to provide new banners at Memorial, the new team banners that are up now, as well as new championship and tournament banners. It is my understanding that those banners have been completed and are here and will be hanging from the rafters in the near future.
January 15, 2010
Hello Joe, I watched the Florida game and wondered how the leading scorer (Jeff Taylor) had only one touch in the first five minutes of a big game. It's been a theme this season in the 10 games that I've seen. Even the ESPN commentators were talking about it. What are your thoughts on this?
-- John from Nashville, Tenn.
Jeffery does have a tendency to get his points quietly at times. You look at his final box and see he's gone 5-for-5 or so from the field, added a few free throws and scored 15 or 16 points. Many times, he actually focuses heavily on defense, as he did in the second half at Alabama to slow down Mikhail Torrance. I was pleased in that game, though, to see Jeff become more assertive not only offensively, but even vocally with his teammates. He's a terrific team player who has the potential to be one of the best to have worn the black and gold by the time he's done.
Joe - I enjoy your daily updates on 104.5 as always. I had an old VU friend (38 years ago) visit on his way through town earlier this week. We ended up in the Gym a full hour before the MTSU tip-off, something I hadn't done since smuggling oranges in before UT games in hopes of presenting them to Ray Mears. I noticed that the early shoot-around is a VU dunking contest = what a show!! Obviously, no one is allowed to get hands inside the rim during the 20-10 minute pre-game warm-up drills.
You are correct that no dunking is allowed in the warmups that begin 30 minutes prior to the game. Technically, no dunking is allowed while the officials are on the court for warmups. That can result in a technical foul to start the game. The organized warmups are very structured. The earlier warmup is much more casual and is usually just based on the mood of the players. Sometimes it's a dunk contest, sometimes a lot of one on one competition, whatever the players are in the mood for at the time.
Can you post a picture of Tim Thompson with hair?
-- Fro Daddy from Franklin, Tenn.
I'll work on that for the next mailbag.
Football is off the news radar. What is going on behind the scenes? Coaching shuffle? Plans for spring training to continue with the no-huddle offense? What is the plan to put more points on the board?
-- Steve from St. Marys, Ga.
Right now, the push is the final couple of very busy recruiting weekends before signing day. This is a very important time to make sure you reaffirm verbal commitments you already have as well as nailing down the final remaining spots you have open. I know the coaches are also finishing up their evaluation of last season and will begin to form decisions on how to proceed with offensive and defensive plans. After that's done, work will begin on preparing the spring practice schedule and content. There really is no offseason for college sports anymore.
John Jenkins... Why does he not get more attempts? If I had a kid that was that hot, he would be shooting the ball and having plays set up for him?
-- Dave from Nashville, Tenn.
One reason John doesn't get a huge amount of shot attempts is that teams have learned about him and are focused on trying to keep him from touching the ball. I've been impressed that John as a freshman is savvy enough not to force up bad shots, but also knows the coaches want him to take the shot whenever he gets a good look. Believe me, they run plays to get the ball in John's hands all the time. The luxury is the team has shown it can score the ball in multiple ways.
Joe, I am a big fan of the morning updates on 104.5. I listened daily when I lived in Nashville, and I am pleased that they are offered as podcasts now that I live in New England. I am curious about how you prep for the daily update, whether it is highly scripted or mostly spontaneous, and have there been any humorous instances when it has gone horribly awry?
-- from White River Junction, Vt.
Thanks for listening from the Northeast! I try to get up early, scan various news sources and make sure I'm up on the most pertinent topics for the day. Occasionally we will break stories involving our teams. It is not scripted at all, and I think the spontaneous nature of the segment is what helps make it appealing. Believe me, I never know for sure what's coming! My wife, Diana, has started listening in the morning even if I'm not to let me know if a particular topic is being discussed, whether it is Vanderbilt related or not.
I don't think anything has gone horribly bad. I do remember one morning when I was doing the segment from home and my two Jack Russell Terriers, Comet and Ace, decided to go on a barking binge. Kind of hard to calm down two feisty guys like that easily, so there was quite an interruption to the broadcast.
Joe, I've seen my share of post players at Vandy and I can't help but compare Festus Ezeli and Will Perdue at this point in Ezeli's career. Perdue's career after his sophomore year was nothing to write home about but his career took off during his junior year and the rest is history. Festus seems to have a tremendous upside despite only having played five years of organized ball. I believe once he realizes his full potential and he matures on the court at the rate he's maturing, he will enjoy the same success that Will did. I pay attention to a big mans "footwork" and how he moves around the basket. Festus seems to be a little further along than Will was at this point. What do you think?
-- Randy from Nashville, Tenn.
Randy, I've made a bit of a similar comparison between Festus and Will in one regard. I remember when for Will the "light went on" as it is said, when he realized if he got close to the basket he needed to dunk the ball. The "Perdunk" was born, and Will was almost unstoppable. Festus has become much more aggressive offensively in the same way. The great thing for Fes and for Vanderbilt is that he's still got a huge amount of potential that will continue to develop as he learns and grows in the game. Remember, in the grand scheme of things, Festus hasn't played organized basketball for more than a handful of years.
Joe, will there be artificial turf installed in Vanderbilt Stadium again? Thanks and Go Dores!
-- Brandon from Carthage, Tenn.
Brandon, the topic of turf in the stadium has been discussed off and on in recent years. But, as of now, there are no plans to put artificial turf in the stadium.
December 17, 2009
Joe, it looks like Jeff Taylor is playing with a lot more confidence. How would you rate his performance so far?
I would say Jeff has probably been our most consistent player. He did not feel well at all last week; had a fever and chills at Illinois, and wasn't 100% against Western Kentucky. But, you always get his best effort. He is explosive to the basket, and is one of the best I've seen at springing right back up off the floor after taking a shot to get his own rebound if need be. Certainly the experience of playing right off the bat as a freshman last year has helped convince him that he can succeed at this level.
Joe, are you aware that 10 on Vanderbilt's foes in football for 2010 are bowl teams? Last year, Maurice Patton wrote an article about the fact that we played eight bowl teams in our 2009 schedule. We will still go undefeated and win the national championship, regardless of schedule. Go 'Dores!
-- Darrell from Nashville, Tenn.
I had not done the math until you mentioned it. I was already excited about our schedule for next year, primarily because we feature seven home games (Northwestern, LSU, South Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Florida, Tennessee and Wake Forest). Even if you're not a die hard Vanderbilt fan, if you love college football at all, you need to get season tickets here next year because it's one of the best home schedules Vanderbilt's ever had, in my opinion.
What is your take on A.J. Ogilvy's inconsistent performance? Will he be able to play more physical and become a dominant center in SEC play?
-- Pacala from Nashville, Tenn.
I certainly hope so. At times this season, A.J. has been dominant and in fact taken over a couple of games in the second half. He does, for some reason, have a tendency to start slow. I know the coaches and A.J. are hoping to address that. He also is still bothered now and then by that nagging foot problem that sometimes makes it very painful for A.J. to practice or play. We'll need him at his best to contend in a much-improved SEC race this year.
Joe, if Jeff Taylor developed some confidence in shooting his mid-range jumper, just how dangerous could he be?
-- Stan from Columbia, Tenn.
I know Jeff has spent a lot of time working on just that aspect of his game. I've seen very few defenders that can stop him one-on-one from getting to the basket. The addition of a solid, consistent jump shot from 15-feet or so would make him something no defense would want to deal with.
Hi Joe. Did you take your clubs to Hawaii? I played the public Silver Sword course a few years ago. Really nice. Best wishes!
Chuck, since I did not travel with team to Hawaii because of their earlier game in San Francisco on the way out, I did in fact drag my clubs along. My broadcast partner, Tim Thompson, and I were fortunate to play the Plantation Course at Kapalua once while we were there. What a gorgeous course! And the scenery and weather aren't bad either!
Did I just miss "And the streak goes continues," at the Missouri game or have the Commodores broken their 3-point streak?
I guess you did. The streak is in fact in tact, currently at 738 and counting. Only UNLV has a longer streak at 746. Princeton is the only other school besides VU and UNLV to have made a three pointer in every game they've played since the 3-point line came into existence.
November 30, 2009
Vandy had a horrible time stopping penetration last year. Alabama had a dunkfest in our only tournament game that ended our season. Have we fixed this problem. Go Dores.
-- Paul from Nashville, Tenn.
Paul, quick penetrating guards have been a difficult challenge for quite some time. We faced a couple in Maui and did reasonably well. So much of our success depends not just on man-to-man coverage, but on help side defense and switching. The ability to switch off screens on the perimeter has been a huge plus, and I think will make quite a difference in dealing with quick guards.
Lance Goulbourne seems to be fully recovered from the injury he had last year, which I believe was a pelvic stress fracture. Is that the case?
-- Barry from Vermillion, S.D.
Barry, it seems so. I've not heard any comments or complaints. Lance has provided some good quality minutes in recent games, at both ends of the floor.
Please provide the status of Derrick Byars after he was cut by the Bulls. Thanks.
-- Bruce from Nashville, Tenn.
Bruce, it is my understanding that Derrick has signed with ALBA Berlin of the German league. It is not one of the top leagues in Europe, but the team has been one of the top teams at that level. It is a league that has featured a number of NBA players. Hopefully a good performance there, along with how close he came to making the Bulls, will translate into another shot at the NBA.
How does Coach Stallings plan to use John Jenkins this season? I know he's come off the bench in the first few games, but is he in the running to take someone's starting spot?
-- Greg from Chicago, Ill.
Greg, I don't see that in the near future. John is still just getting his feet wet in regard to the speed and the size of the college game. John has progressed well. We knew he could shoot, but his defense, ball handling and hustle have been apparent as well. John has talented, more experienced guys in front of him, and I think he's content to go slowly and adjust to hoops at this level.
October 28, 2009
Joe: Do you travel with the football team or make your own way. How about basketball ? -- Gene
Gene - It varies. I am invited to travel with the team on every trip, as is the rest of our broadcast crew. In most cases I will travel with the team, especially if the game is quite a distance away, like Baton Rouge or Gainesville. But, if the game is within easy driving distance, such as Knoxville or Lexington, I may drive separately.
Joe, what's with all the Fishers (Fischers) in Nashville? There's Jeff Fisher, Joe Fisher, Kyle Fischer, and one of the radio sponsors is Fisher's Bologna. What's up with that? -- Mitch
Mitch - Thanks for including our fine sponsor on your list. Hard to believe, none of us are related either!
Joe, why is Coach Johnson so adamant about sticking with Larry Smith at QB? There were a number of reasons for the loss to Army, but the QB has to provide the leadership and his play has been abysmal. Unfortunately, it carries over to the rest of the team. Losing to Army was bad enough, but the manner in which we lost is totally inexcusable (and I'm not referring to Warren Norman's fumble in OT, as heartbreaking as it was). Making a QB change immediately will at least generate fan rejuvenation because fan morale is probably at an all time low. I grew up in Nashville and have been a lifelong fan sticking with them through thick and thin. But I am embarrassed to call myself a fan now because expectations are higher now for this team. I can't imagine what Coach Johnson is thinking. Saying "we gotta get it fixed" is just coach speak and simply won't cut it. -- Ed
Ed - Thanks for your email. Of course, I defer to the coaches on personnel decisions. I don't believe that Coach Johnson or the staff think all of the offensive woes lie at the feet of the quarterback. There have been issues with protection all season, and even as you saw in the South Carolina game, there were a number of good passes that should have been caught and weren't. I'm confident if the coaches felt one personnel move would change things, it would be done.
I appreciate you being a lifelong fan. I don't think you have any reason to be embarrassed about being a Vanderbilt fan. This program has made great strides under Coach Johnson and his staff. The fact that fans like yourself are so frustrated just shows how expectations have risen, and that's a good thing.
October 9, 2009
Joe, I realize our offense wasn't great last year, but I felt we had a winning formula by limiting the opposition's possessions, shortening the game & playing to our strength - the defense. I respect the fact the coaching staff is willing to try different things to improve, but this year we've gone to a hurry-up offense which puts our defense on the field more often. So why did the coaches choose such a drastic change the very next year after we finally went to a bowl game? And do you think since it hasn't worked real well so far, will we go back to using more of the play clock? -- Mike
Mike - I don't really think the change to a no huddle offense has been that much of a factor as simply the lack of execution in the system. Larry Smith ran this offense in high school, and I think is comfortable in it. But I'm sure the offense would be the first to admit they have not executed consistently well this season; the combination of missed blocking assignments against pressure, dropped passes and missed throws has made the offense stagnant. Injuries haven't helped, but that can't be used as an excuse. I think the offense will be fine. Shutting it down now and going back to the old offense, to me, would be a step back.
Joe - When will Steven Stone be ready to play?
Steven is chomping at the bit to play. We are hoping that he'll be ready to go next week against Georgia. He has to be able to prove that he can run, plant and cut on that foot without pain before they'll clear him to play.
October 1, 2009
Joe, it doesn't appear that Coach Johnson is having a Coach's Show on TV this year. Any specific reasons why? It was great to be able to hear him break down and describe specific plays from the previous game. Thanks. -- John
John - Yes, that is a change. One major reason for the existence of coach's shows on regional TV was so recruits could see you. We are fortunate that this season, for the first time, we were actually able to secure with CSS a replay of every game on Sunday afternoon so now fans have the opportunity to actually see the entire game every week. We do continue to have our weekly call-in radio show every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Commodore Grille in the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt. We also this year have a post game highlights package on vucommodores.com, as well as a pregame visit with one of our assistant coaches that goes onto the web each Thursday.
Will the Commodore baseball team be having their annual Black/Gold Series this fall or has it been canceled due to their upcoming trip to Japan? Thanks. -- Jerry
Jerry - Yes, actually the Black and Gold series is scheduled to take place on October 15, 16 and 18. The game times are tentatively set for 6 p.m. on the 15th and 16th, and 1 p.m. on the 18th. Incidentally, the team's fall practice schedule has begun. Practices are open to the public; 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Times can of course change because of weather.
September 25, 2009
Hi, Joe. Will Ryan Hamilton be able to travel with the team for away games despite his season-ending injury? I'm sure his leadership is important. I've never heard of an injury like his where the pectoral muscle is pulled from the bone! Thanks. -- Alex
Thanks, Alex for your question. You're right. His leadership is vital. That's why even though the number of players a team can travel are limited, Ryan will be there on the sidelines and in the locker room. He's a coach off the field and does a great job of helping his teammates. His injury is rare, but what was even more special was that he played another quarter through the pain after he suffered it.
Joe, do you know if Jared Hawkins will be playing anytime soon? I love his explosion during rushing and he was a monster last year on the filed. I like some of the new guys but would hate to see his Vandy career end so soon. -- David
David, I think Jared actually has a reasonable chance of playing this weekend. They gave him a cortisone shot last week, and that has helped with the pain. He has been able to practice and I hope he can play on Saturday night at Rice. Jared is from the Houston area, so I know he'll have a lot of family there and will really want to play.
September 16, 2009
Joe - The SEC is full of high profile coaches with obvious huge egos. As I listen to Coach Johnson's interviews with you and others, he always seems polite, cordial, honest, with a great sense of humor, and no ego...very refreshing. Is that truly what he is like to cover day to day? Thank you. -- Steve
Steve, I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with and become friends with quality coaches here at Vanderbilt. Coach Johnson is just the same off mic or off camera as he is on, which is one contributing factor to his success. He's geniune. He wants to win and works as hard as anyone to turn Vanderbilt into a perennial contender in the SEC. But he's grounded, well-rounded, and has tremendous character. Quite simply, he's the kind of coach I would want my son to play for, and I don't think there's any higher praise than that.
Hey Joe. What happened to Warren Norman for the LSU game? Thanks! -- Garry
Garry, The runningback position has actually become a very deep and competitive spot on the roster. Coaches are evaluating players in practice each week. Apparently, the coaches felt that Zac and Kennard had earned the lion's share of the snaps. Also in the mix, with Jamie Graham banged up, Warren was forced into kickoff return duty. I'm sure you'll see Warren get some carries this Saturday night.
September 2, 2009
Hello Joe, I hope all is well! Can you tell me what the probability is that Jared Hawkins will be 100% for the opener on the 5th? I really look for him to be a force for our offense similar, if not more than last year. Thanks!
Unfortunately, I don't think there's any real chance that Jared is 100% by Saturday. In fact, at this point I think there is real concern over how much he can play against Western Carolina. Coach Johnson has said Jared needs to be on the practice field consistently this week to be certain of significant playing time Saturday night. Jared's foot will allow him to practice one day, but then give him pain the next. The coaches and doctors need to see that he can go several days without pain before they'll be fully confident to give him a lot of playing time. I hope we see Jared Saturday, but I think you can also expect to see Kennard Reeves, Gaston Miller, and a couple of these very talented freshmen as well.