What we learned during Vanderbilt’s spring practice


SDS will be taking a tour around the conference and looking at each team’s progress – or lack thereof – made during spring camp.

Here’s what we learned during Vanderbilt’s spring practice:

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Command vs. Potential Upside: Patton Robinette and Johnny McCrary battled all spring for the right to be called the Commodores’ starting quarterback, but Derek Mason will wait and see how the summer and fall camps go. Robinette has the best command of the offense between the two, but the offense could have a higher upside under the athletic McCrary. Then, potential LSU transfer Stephen Rivers adds some nice depth and a pocket passer presence. Karl Dorrell has to decide the direction and strength of his offense between the three players come fall. It wouldn’t surprise me to see all three play at some point during the season.

Linebacker leaders: With Mason’s new 3-4 scheme, defensive ends Caleb Azubike and Kyle Woestmann switched to linebacker. Outside linebacker Darreon Herring moved to inside backer. Another interesting player to watch is redshirt freshman Nigel Bowden, who’s 6-1, 235 pounds and ready to make an impact. Jake Sealand will have an impact inside, while Stephen Weatherly will have an impact outside. Linebacker is a strong unit, and this spring helped build depth among the unit.

Deep backfield: With Jerron Seymour and Brian Kimbrow already set to make an impact, the duo welcomed a blossoming redshirt freshman Ralph Webb. The Florida native wowed with speed, and the coaching staff was pleased with the trio. So, the Commodores’ backfield is talented and deep and will most likely be the backbone of the entire offense.

Corner replacements: Andre Hal and Steven Clarke are now gone, and the concern entering spring was very much in the secondary, particularly at corner. But the tandem of Paris Head and Torren McGaster, along with Tre Bell and Taurean Ferguson, really showed up well. I’m not to the point where I think this group ‘doesn’t skip a beat’, but you have to feel comfortable with the guys who are ready to step in. Head and McGaster will be a nice duo for Mason and company and should help carry on the legacy of a strong Vandy secondary.

Let’s break down the biggest takeaways of every spring practice:

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