Football camp: By the numbers

Aug. 5, 2010

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If Commodore players are anticipating the start of preseason camp as much as their new head coach, it should be quite an August on the Vanderbilt campus.

After three decades watching coaches guide their team's preseason drills, Head Coach Robbie Caldwell gets a chance starting Friday evening to add his own touch to the summer football ritual.

"I'm so excited. I've been involved 30-something years (as a coach)," Caldwell said. "To actually plan one is awfully exciting. I can't wait and I think our players and fans feel like the same way."

As the Commodores prepare to start four weeks of drills gearing for the Sept. 4 opener against Northwestern, here's some fun camp facts:

1 First preseason camp directed by Vanderbilt head coach Robbie Caldwell.

2 Practices open to the public: Sunday, Aug. 8 (4:15 p.m.) and Monday, Aug. 9 (6 p.m.)

3 Total amount of Two-a-Day sessions slated. The first should come Monday, Aug. 16

4 Scholarship quarterbacks on roster

4 2009 starters that changed jersey numbers this season: Warren Norman, Sean Richardson, Zac Stacy, Udom Umoh

5 Commodores can't move into full gear - and contact - until the fifth practice, scheduled for Aug. 10

11 Total number of offensive (6) and defensive (5) starters returning

23 States represented on Commodore roster, topped by Georgia (22) and Tennessee (16)

29 Total practices allowed prior to Northwestern game

44 Letterwinners returning from the 2009 squad

65 Combined number of sophomores (29), redshirt freshmen (16) and true freshmen (20) on team roster

90 Percentage of 2009 total rushing yards returning this year

97 Players on Commodore roster expected to participate in preseason drills



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