Black & Gold Spring Game will be Offense vs. Defense clash

April 2, 2014

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On campus in Nashville - Vanderbilt's annual Black & Gold Spring Game on April 12 will be an Offense vs. Defense clash, Head Coach Derek Mason told the media after practice Tuesday.

Mason opted to move away from an intrasquad format due of limited personnel at certain key positions and an intent to focus the team's last spring practice on new offensive and defensive schemes.

"We'll try to make the most of the guys' last time in pads (under camp this summer)," Mason said. "We want to get our guys as many game snaps as we can with the schemes. We're working to develop as much continuity as we can."

"It (spring game) will be offense vs. defense-driven. That makes the most sense. At the same time, it'll be a great chance for our fans to see the guys in a competitive scrimmage," the coach said.

The Black & Gold Spring Game starts at 10 a.m., in Vanderbilt Stadium, four hours before the nationally ranked Commodore baseball team faces Southeastern Conference foe Texas A&M next door in Hawkins Field.

Gates will open about 9:15 a.m., following the team's traditional Star Walk entry into Vanderbilt Stadium from its locker rooms in McGugin Athletics Center.

Admission and parking is free to the spring game. Fans are encouraged to park in the surface lots across Natchez Trace from the team's practice facility and track & field complex.

Special attention posters for the Black & Gold Game also will be distributed free at Gate 2. Kids can use the posters to get autographs from the Commodore players on Dudley Field after the game. 



Mason wants to see lots of Commodore fans at the spring finale.

"I'm excited for our kids. We have thrown new schemes at them and expected the guys to learn how our staff expects them to practice. That's not easy, but I'm extremely proud of how they have worked and what they have accomplished. These guys truly deserve the fans' support," Mason said. 

Team's practice Tuesday ends with full-contact goal-line session

The Commodores concluded their 10th spring practice Tuesday with a brief, full-contact goal-line scrimmage. 

Both units enjoyed success in the live session. On offense, running backs Brian Kimbrow and Ralph Webb tallied touchdowns on rushes of 7 and 3 yards, respectively. Lineman Adam Butler, outside linebacker Jonathan Wynn and inside `backer Harding Harper contributed tackles for loss for the defense.

"We moved through it quickly, implemented a couple new wrinkles, did tempo and finished with some goal-line situations. Both sides did some good things," Mason said. "We made strides today. This is the 10th practice and they're getting tired and a little sore. But we're seeing guys fight through it." 

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