March 31, 2012
After conducting a Saturday morning scrimmage at Vanderbilt Stadium, Commodore head coach James Franklin talked to the media about the progress of his team.
Some highlights from the day:
The Red Zone
Jordan Rodgers and the first team Vanderbilt offense were very efficient in goal line situations and in situations inside the 25-yard line, but struggled in between the 20s. And on defense, for most of the day, the team did a good job of stopping the Vanderbilt offense in the middle of the field, but had a hard time in goal line situations.
"There's a feeling sometimes, especially with a young team, that when you get in the red zone, it's okay to give up points, and offensively, it should be easier to score," said Franklin. "We need to make sure that we have the same mentality on offense, whether we are on the minus five or the plus five, and defensively, whether we are on the minus one or plus one, that we have the mentality that we're going to stop them.
Throwing Out All of the Stops
At the end of practice, Coach Franklin broke out all of the stops to try and distract holder Richard Kent and kickers Ryan Fowler and Carey Spear. His distractions ran the gamut - from drizzling water from a water bottle on Kent, to blowing an air horn before Fowler attempted a field goal, and even dumping a Gatorade cooler of water on Kent to try and keep the senior from making a good hold on a field goal attempt.
"Being in the stadium changes things," said Franklin. "Be it the water, the noise, we'll do whatever we have to do to create some adversity with these kickers so that they start to embrace the pressure, which I feel they're beginning to do."
Fowler and fellow place kicker Carey Spear got the last laugh for the day on Coach Franklin, however, dumping water on him as he ran to meet the media after practice.
Jordan Rodgers, 11 of 17, 83 yds, 2 TDs, rush TD
Austyn Carta-Samuels, 7 of 10, 62 yds
Patton Robinette, 7 of 9, 112 yds, TD
Walk-On Leads Dores In Receiving Yards
Sophomore Daniel Hagaman, from nearby Brentwood, was the statistical leader receiving the ball for Vanderbilt at the scrimmage. Hagaman caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from Patton Robinette, and ended the scrimmage with 115 yards on only three receptions.
Robinette played with the twos and threes towards the end of the scrimmage.