The Commodores closed preseason camp Tuesday with their third workout in renovated Vanderbilt Stadium.
James Franklin's squad is expected to be off the field Wednesday, then turn its full attention to the season opener on Thursday, Aug. 30, when No. 9 South Carolina visits Nashville for one of the biggest games during the first week of college football.
Season tickets and individual game tickets ($50 ea.) remain for the tilt. Kickoff is scheduled at 6 p.m., CT.
Franklin closed preseason camp with a two-hour stadium session in full pads. The first 45 minutes focused on the team's pregame routine, with most of the final hour spent working on 11-on-11 drills and special teams.
ESPN's Top Announcers Confirmed for VU-SC Game
Rece Davis, an ESPN SportsCenter anchor and lead host of college football and men's basketball broadcasts on the network, will be in the booth joined by a talented new ESPN Thursday Night crew.
Davis will handle ESPN's play-by-play duties. Though familiar to Commodore basketball and Memorial Gym, this will mark Davis' first football duty on the Vanderbilt campus.
He will be joined in the booth by a pair of young, highly regarded analysts, Jesse Palmer and David Pollack. Both starred as collegiate players in the Southeastern Conference: Palmer as a quarterback at Florida, Pollack as a defensive end at Georgia.
Samantha Steele, formerly of ESPN's Longhorn Network, will handle sideline reporting responsibility duties.
First ESPN Appearance from Vanderbilt Since 2008
The South Carolina game will be ESPN's first game aired from Vanderbilt Stadium since Oct. 4, 2008 when the No. 19 Commodores defeated No. 13 Auburn, 14-13. That game also marked the only appearance on campus for ESPN's popular College Football GameDay.
First Commodore Call-In Show Scheduled Thursday, Aug. 23
The first Commodore Call-In Show featuring Franklin and Commodore play-by-play announcer Joe Fisher will be held Thursday, Aug. 23. It starts at 7 p.m., CT, one hour later than last year. (LISTEN LIVE)
Vanderbilt fans are invited join Fisher and the head coach at the Commodore Grille, located in the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt. The call-in show is free of charge.
The show also will air across numerous states on Vanderbilt's new flagship radio station, NewsRadio 1510 WLAC.
With the Commodores on the field next Thursday, the second show will be held on Sept. 6.
Vanderbilt Classes Start Today
Moving closer toward a degree becomes another priority today for more than 300 Commodore student-athletes with the start of fall semester classes.