The Commodore offense continued to show improvement during full-contact drills that came at the conclusion of the team's Tuesday night practice.
The unit produced quick touchdowns in full-contact segments dedicated to red-zone and third-down efficiency, then marched 60 yards for a score in the first of four full-field possessions.
The Vanderbilt defense also had plenty of highlights, including third-down quarterback sacks by young defensive ends Johnell Thomas and Walker May.
The Commodores are expected to practice Friday afternoon, then move into Vanderbilt Stadium this Saturday for the Black & Gold Scrimmage. The featured scrimmage is open to the public, free of charge, and starts at 10:30 a.m.
Tailback Kennard Reeves started the offensive fireworks, opening the red-zone session with a quick 17-yard touchdown off left tackle. In a 12-play segment on third-down situations, Reeves found another hole off left guard and broke into the clear for another long touchdown.
Quarterback Jared Funk also directed a scoring drive on the first drive of the team's four-possession scrimmage. After three Warren Norman rushes produced a pair of first downs, Funk hit wideout John Cole for 29 yards. Two plays later from the 3-yard line, Funk handed off to Tray Herndon on a reverse that netted the touchdown.
In other full-contact action:
• Thomas and senior end Teriall Brannon produced consecutive quarterback sacks to force long field goals in the full-contact, red-zone portion of practice.
• Senior linebacker John Stokes tackled quarterback Larry Smith for a 5-yard tackle for loss that helped eventually force a fourth down.
• May continued his impressive spring performance by dominating the final scrimmage possession. On first down, May chased down a tailback for a 4-yard loss, then sacked quarterback Jordan Rodgers on 3rd-and-long.
High School coaches across the region continue to take in Commodore practices. On Tuesday, coaches from Kenwood High in Clarksville and Oakland High in Murfreesboro walked the sidelines watching the Commodores. In the last week, coaches from numerous local schools, including Hillsboro, Pope John Paul II, Brentwood, Riverdale and Brentwood Academy, have attended sessions.