April 8, 2014
On Campus in Nashville - The Commodores started their last week of Spring Ball Tuesday with a two-hour workout intended to prime the squad for the concluding Black and Gold Spring Game on Saturday.
Head Coach Derek Mason put the Commodores through the energetic session that started outside at the John Rich Practice Facility and ended in the team's indoor practice facility.
Afterward, Mason said the Commodores are putting their energy into a productive Black and Gold Spring Game, scheduled to start in Vanderbilt Stadium Saturday at 10 a.m. The team has just a Thursday afternoon practice remaining to prepare for the spring finale.
"We're going to simplify the game plan," Mason said, "and see them turn it loose on Saturday. I want to see a whole lot of execution, some physical ball and guys just having fun."
Mason also talked about the importance of Commodores playing with passion Saturday, intent on leaving a positive final impression with coaches and teammates until the start of summer camp.
"I want leaders to step forward on both sides of the ball," Mason said. "Guys can't take things for granted. Football is played between the white lines and that's sacred ground. You have to play hard, give everything you have, and invest the process.
Commemorative Posters at Spring Game
Commemorative Black & Gold Spring Game posters will be distributed free of charge Saturday after the team does its traditional Star Walk into Vanderbilt Stadium at 9 a.m. The poster distribution will take place at Gate 2, near the intersection of Jess Neely Drive and Natchez Trace.
Official programs with Black (defense) and Gold (offense) rosters and additional team information also will be available without charge at Gate 2.
Free Parking Saturday for Spring Game
Commodore fans can park for free in the university surface parking lots off Natchez Trace, across from the program's outdoor practice facilities and track & field complex.
Though Natchez Trace will stay open throughout the day, Jess Neely Drive will give way to the Vandyville tailgate area for much of Saturday. It closes at 6 a.m., and not reopen until the Vanderbilt-Texas A&M baseball game concludes Saturday evening.
CSS To Televise Spring Game on April 23
Vanderbilt's spring game will be televised on tape delay by Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS). The game will first air April 23 at 6:30 p.m. CT. Additional airings will be announced at a later date.
Voice of the Commodores, Joe Fisher, will handle the play-by-play duties with CSS co-host Barton Simmons handling the analysis. Dawn Davenport of WKRN Channel 2/ESPNU will report from the sidelines.