Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea discusses new defensive scheme, quarterback Ken Seals
Clark Lea is settling into his new role as Vanderbilt’s head coach.
Lea met with the media on Saturday afternoon to discuss the Commodores’ first spring practice of his tenure. He covered a variety of topics, but most notable was Vanderbilt’s new defensive scheme.
Vandy will run a 4-2-5 defense under Lea, which includes a “rover” position that will be known as “Anchor.”
“It’s a 4-2-5 system, and that position we’re calling the Anchor,” Lea said, via 247Sports. “It’s just depending on what you want to do with it. There are guys that fit the skill set of that position perfectly that you can play in every down and every situation.
“When you’re adapting to a 4-2-5, sometimes you have some guys who are more suited to play as a linebacker and some guys you want at nickel end and play in more man or coverage situations. So we’re working through that. Right now, it just depends on what group’s on the field, what the skill set is of that guy we keep Anchor at in passing situations, or to run specific coverages when we sub in a nickel to put an actual DB on the field at that spot. We can do both.”
Lea also discussed the progress of sophomore quarterback Ken Seals. Seals was a 3-star prospect in the class of 2020 and started nine games for the Commodores in 2020.
He completed 64.6 percent of his passes and threw for 1,928 yards. He also tossed 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
“There’s a desire there,” Lea said, via 247Sports. “That quarterback room’s really strong. It’s a strong group. It’s a strong group of personalities. They all desire to be leaders. They have the right demeanor. They need to grow and mature within the offense, each one of them. That means the command in the huddle, the command of the team, the timing and rhythm of the play.
“We can help our operation by just knowing where to deliver the ball and delivering it on time. That takes time. I’m pleased with all those guys, Ken included. That position has to develop. The program relies on that position to develop over the next couple of weeks.”