Commodores continue spring practice

April 2, 2013

Matthews Interview

NASHVILLE - Vanderbilt's football team returned to the field for another practice in full pads Tuesday afternoon at the John Rich Practice Facility. The two-hour, 30-minute practice included work on fundamentals, individual position drills, 11-on-11 action and team conditioning.

Despite the calendar flipping to April, the weather conditions have remained unseasonably cool in Nashville. On Tuesday, the Commodores practiced in cloudy conditions with temperatures in the low to mid 40s, which even produced sleet for a few minutes early in the session.

The team will return to the practice field Thursday as the Commodores continue preparations for the Black & Gold Spring Game on April 13.

Williams Speaks to the Team
After the team finished its warmups, Coach James Franklin huddled the squad around midfield and introduced the players to former Commodore offensive lineman Chris Williams. "This is a member of the Vanderbilt football family that has meant a great deal to this program," Franklin said to his players.

Williams, who is now a member of the St. Louis Rams, spoke to the team about how much he enjoyed his time at Vanderbilt, and the transformation he made from an undersized freshman to a first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

"I'm glad to be back and to see you guys," Williams told the team. "First and foremost, I'm proud of you guys and what you have done. It's awesome.

"Vanderbilt is a special place to me and I have great memories from the time I spent here."

Stacy & Rodgers in Attendance
Former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers and running back Zac Stacy also visited practice Tuesday. The two graduates are busy preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft, but have remained closely connected with the program throughout the spring.



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