March 30, 2013
On campus in Nashville - The offense continued to show plenty of explosiveness Saturday as the Commodores completed their second scrimmage of the spring in Vanderbilt Stadium.
After putting the Commodores through the 89-play scrimmage, Head Coach James Franklin was upbeat about the positive direction his squad was headed as it passed the midway point of spring drills.
"I thought we got really good work in, we're staying healthy and we're flying around," the head coach told media representatives after the stadium session. "A lot of guys are getting reps in terms of guys that either redshirted last year or didn't get a whole lot of opportunities to compete.
"I noticed the running backs. Everybody is talking about losing Zac Stacy. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have Zac another year, but we've got three backs that I feel really good about in Wes Tate, Brian Kimbrow and Jerron Seymour - and they're behind an improved offensive line. So that's one of the things that's jumping out to me right away," the coach added.
The running back corps was responsible for more than 200 yards and seven scores in the scrimmage, which featured 15 possessions from both 25-yard lines, midfield, backed up at the 5-yard line and near the end zone at the 4-yard line. Tate had three rushing touchdowns, with Kimbrow and Seymour each notching a pair of scores. Kimbrow topped the corps with 133 rushing yards, including a 50-yard scoring scamper.
About 500 Commodore fans watched the two-hour, 15-minute session. It was the last Vanderbilt practice open to the public until the featured Black & Gold Spring Game, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 in the stadium. It will start at 1 p.m., CT.
Several special visitors watched from the sidelines, including Stacy and fellow 2012 Commodore captain Johnell Thomas, recent Commodore defensive tackle signee Jay Woods from Jackson, Ga., Vanderbilt play-by-play announcer Joe Fisher and Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin.
The squad will be off the practice field Sunday and Monday, then return for practices on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday next week.
The summary of the scrimmage follows:
Drives from the 5-Yard Line
Series I The offense's first possession goes for 12 plays and 60 yards, but stalls when Kyle Woestmann (R-Jr., DE) sacks Austyn Carta-Samuels (R-Sr., QB) for a 12-yard loss to the 35-yard line. The offense produced first downs on three consecutive plays: Carta-Samuels on a 10-yard pass to Jordan Matthews (Sr., WR), an 18-yard reverse by Matthews, and an 18-yard connection from Samuels to Jerron Seymour (R-So., RB).
Series II After Kellen Williams (Jr., LB) and Darien Bryant (R-So., DE) combined for a safety on the first play, the second team offense goes on another long possession before the defense successfully ends it inside the 10-yard line. Ja'karri Thomas (R-Fr., LB) keeps the 91-yard drive out of the end zone by blowing up a 4th-and-goal rush by Seymour from the 2-yard line. The offense used the Wildcat formation successfully on four different occasions, rushing for a total of 57 yards. Brian Kimbrow (So., RB) had a 33-yard gallop.
Series III The Commodore defense stiffens to force a quick three-and-out possession.
Drives from the 25-Yard Line
Series I The offense produces its first touchdown drive, going 75 yards on 10 plays. Wesley Tate (R-Sr., RB) capped the drive with a 5-yard TD rush off tackle. Carta-Samuels produced two key plays in the series: connecting with Matthews for a 23-yard gain and finding Fitz Lassing (Sr., FB) for 17 yards.
Series II Another positive offensive drive ends with a 32-yard field goal by Carey Spear (Sr., PK). The 14-play possession as directed by Josh Grady (R-So., QB), who went 2-for-3 for 20 yards. Kimbrow carried the rushing load with 20 yards on seven attempts. The defense forced a field goal when Jake Sealand (So., LB) sacked Grady for a 13-yard loss.
Series III The defense forced a quick punt after holding the offense to three straight plays that totaled zero yards.
Drives starting at Midfield
Series I The offense again produces a solid drive, but fails to reach the end zone. Spear comes in to convert another field goal, this time from 30 yards. The eight-play drive was highlighted by Seymour's 20-yard jaunt. He also had two other rushes totaling 17 yards operating as a Wildcat quarterback.
Series II The offense produces an explosive play on first down, with Kimbrow going 50 yards for a touchdown. Taking the ball off left guard, Kimbrow broke into open field, then juked right to elude three defenders down the sideline.
Series III The offense gets a second consecutive touchdown drive, capped by Seymour's 9-yard rush between the tackles. The possession was highlighted by a 45-yard completion from Grady to Trey Wilkins (R-Jr., WR). The drive started impressively for the defense, with Ladarius Banks (R-Fr., DT) sacking the quarterback and Torey Agee (R-Fr., DT) tackling Seymour for a 6-yard loss.
Drives from the 25-yard Line
Series I The first-team defense held their counterparts to a 3-and-out. Spear again connected from 37 yards for the field goal.
Series II Carta-Samuels guided a quick touchdown drive, but it was Matthews that provided all the highlights. After hauling in a 10-yard first-down pass, Matthews went high in the end zone to take an apparent interception away from Andre Hal (Sr., CB).
Series III Kimbrow capped off a key, five-play drive with a four-yard TD. He also contributed a nine-yard run to set up the touchdown. A sack by Jahmel McIntosh (R-So., safety) provided the top defensive highlight of the series.
Goal Line Possessions from the 4-Yard Line
Series I Tate powers the ball into the end zone on the opening play.
Series II The offense once again scores on the first play, this time on a Seymour carry up the middle.
Series III After consecutive pass deflections by Kenny Ladler (Sr., safety) and Darreon Herring (So., LB), the offense was able to score when Tate went off left tackle from four yards.
Passing: Carta-Samuels 11-16, 129 yards, 1 TD; Robinette 5-7, 41 yards; Grady 5-6, 99 yards, McCrary 2-3 9 yards.
Top Rushers: Tate 11-39, 3 TDs; Seymour 12-68, 2 TDs, Kimbrow 15-133, 2 TDs
Top Receivers: Matthews 6-71, 1 TD; Wilkins 3-64.
QB Sacks: Bryant 2, Woestmann 1, Sealand 1; Banks 1; Weatherly .5; Williams .5; Taylor .5; Garnham .5