Vandy works inside indoor facility Friday
Aug. 8, 2014
Head Coach Derek Mason took the Commodores inside the indoor practice facility on Friday for the first time during camp with the squad spending the entire two-hour workout indoors.
The defense owned the team portion of the practice, suffocating the offense. Freshman Taurean Ferguson intercepted a long pass down the side line to end one drive and sophomore Paris Head broke up multiple passes to stand out at the end of the session.
Former greats Hayward and Richardson address squad
Mason invited former Commodore defensive standouts Casey Hayward and Sean Richardson, both currently members of the Green Bay Packers' secondary, to address the current squad at the conclusion of practice Friday.
Hayward, a former Vanderbilt All-America cornerback, told the players to make sure they were successful in the classroom. "After that, come out here and compete every chance you get. Try to beat the guy across from you. That's how you get better, as a player and as team," he said.
Richardson told the current Commodores to work at their craft and listen to the new staff. "If you listen to these men, they know how it's done and how to get it done. You're looking at a guy that signed as a free agent because I didn't get drafted and I'm getting ready for my third (NFL) season. That's how I got where I am today, listening and doing things the right way," the safety said.
Hayward and Richardson are in town as the Packers await their first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field Saturday.
Commodores move into two-a-days
The upcoming week brings two-a-days to the Vanderbilt campus. With nine practices under their belts, the Commodores are expected to stage at least four two-a-days sessions during the next week. The first of those comes Saturday, with morning and afternoon practices at the team's John Rich Practice Facility.