Smith earns starting QB job

Aug. 29, 2010     Purchase Season Tickets

It's official: Larry Smith to start in Vanderbilt Opener

Junior Larry Smith has earned Vanderbilt's starting quarterback role for the opener next Saturday against Northwestern, Head Coach Robbie Caldwell announced Sunday.

Smith, a product of Prattville (Ala.) High School, won the starting job over redshirt senior Jared Funk, junior transfer Jordan Rodgers and redshirt freshman Charlie Goro.

"Larry has separated himself, and deserves to get the ball," Caldwell said. "He has the big edge on experience, and really understands the offense. I expect to see Larry play well Saturday.

"Jared also did a great job and really made it a competition. He'll be the No. 2 guy and will be ready to play if called upon. We have confidence in both of them," the head coach added.

Smith has 10 career starts at quarterback, including in Vanderbilt's 2008 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. Inserted as the starter last year and in charge of a new offensive scheme, Smith struggled during the first half of the campaign, then suffered a season-ending hamstring injury against Georgia Tech in what appeared to be his best performance of 2009.

"I'm happy to be named the starter because all four of us competed for it," Smith said. "I'm much more familiar with the offense this season and confident that we will have more success."

Caldwell's first Commodore Call-In Show scheduled Monday

The quarterback decision is expected to be an early topic Monday when Caldwell holds his Commodore Call-In Show. Hosted by Vanderbilt play-by-play announcer Joe Fisher, the one-hour show starts at 6 p.m., at the Commodore Grille, located one block from the stadium in the Holiday Inn-Vanderbilt.

Commodore fans are invited to attend the show free of charge.




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