Aug. 10, 2013
NASHVILLE - The Vanderbilt offense had its best showing of the fall in a Saturday night scrimmage inside Vanderbilt Stadium picking up over 400 yards of total offense led by the first team squad that scored on four of its six series.
Quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels was consistently sharp in leading the first team offense, finishing the night 14-of-18 for 171 yards and three scores - including a three-yard rushing touchdown during a goal line series. After a three-and-out to open the night the offense started clicking, driving 95 yards on 11 plays to score on a Carta-Samuels to Wesley Tate 19-yard pass.
The first team offense continued to roll on its next drive, going 75 yards for a score with Jerron Seymour punching it in from three yards out. On the next drive Carta-Samuels found Jordan Matthews in the corner of the end zone for a 33-yard TD to cap the squad's third straight scoring drive, this one covering 50 yards in seven plays. The first team defense rose to the occasion in the red zone drill stuffing the offense on three straight plays before snuffing out a fake field goal for the shutout. On the final drive of the night between the Dores' top two units, Carta-Samuels sneaked around the right side to score from three yards on third down.
Josh Grady and Dillon van der Wal connected for a 12-yard touchdown during the red zone portion of the scrimmage. Grady finished the night a very efficient 7-of-8 for 43 yards and one TD. Redshirt freshman Patton Robinette was 5-of-10 for 38 yards and true freshman Johnny McCrary was 2-for-5 for 11 yards and an interception. Fellow freshman Darrius Sims made a diving, one-handed grab to pick off McCrary in the end zone.
Matthews led the receivers with five catches for 67 yards, including his 33-yard score. Kris Kentera added five catches of his own for 42 yards while true freshman Latevius Rayford caught four passes for 35 yards.
Seymour led the way on the ground carrying the ball seven times for 48 yards and a TD. Wesley Tate gained 13 yards on five carries with Brian Kimbrow picking up 24 yards on five attempts. Freshman C.J. Duncan ran the ball eight times for 45 yards.
Dore Jam Gates Open Sunday at 3 p.m.
Entrance gates will open Sunday at 3 p.m., for Vanderbilt's annual fan day activity, Dore Jam presented by Gary Force Acura. The two-hour event will be held at the team's John Rich Practice Facility.
Admission is free to the event. Two newly designed 2013 posters, featuring offensive and defensive senior standouts, will be distributed free of charge at the gate off Natchez Trace.
Parking is also free of charge, with campus surface lots across Natchez Trace from the practice field and Vanderbilt Track & Field Complex open to the public.
Dore Jam is aimed to get fans up close with Commodore football personalities. Both coaches and players will sign autographs and pose for photos. Inflatable kids attractions and family activities are also scheduled. Free snow cones, hot dogs and drinks will also be provided.