The links are back. Mostly thanks to the return of mainstream Vanderbilt athletics coverage that comes along with the dawn of football season. Here's what you may have missed over the last few days:
More after the break, including a video of Coach Caldwell's press conference after Wednesday's practice...
Vanderbilt: Linebacker Chris Marve
Jordan Matthews is Jerry Rice’s second cousin but the Vanderbilt freshman wants to carve out his own career at that position without leaning on his legendary relative for advice. Matthews is part of an exciting group of freshmen receivers who are injecting new life into Vanderbilt’s receiving corps. Last season, Vanderbilt completed 170 passes for 1,756 yards -- both of which ranked 11th in the Southeastern Conference.
Offensive line coach Herb Hand loves Seymour’s athletic ability. He has quick feet and at 6-foot-5, 305 pounds Seymour certainly has the size to produce at offensive line in the SEC. "I told him the other day he has the world by the string because he has a lot of ability," said Hand." My job as a coach is to make him reach his potential. He’s been coachable and worked hard. I think his best football is in front of him because of his natural ability."
Tuesday’s practice marked a return to full-pads and contact for Vanderbilt players as well as the return of former coach Bobby Johnson. It was Johnson’s first visit with the team since his abrupt resignation in July.
When Vanderbilt hired Herb Hand as offensive line coach last week, it marked the second time the Commodores had sought his help. Hand spent a weekend on Vanderbilt's campus in spring 2009 as a guest of former Coach Bobby Johnson's staff to discuss his thoughts on the no-huddle, spread offense.
Monahan went to the ground with a right knee injury on a run play, screaming in the process. It is unclear whether he was blocking or running when the injury happened. Stacy, who along with Warren Norman is expected to get most of the carries, hurt his left knee when he was tackled carrying the ball on the next play. Stacy's injury is thought to be less severe than Monahan's, although ligament damage is still a concern. Stacy missed part of last season with a high ankle sprain. Both players had MRIs late Thursday. The results should be known today.
5. Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt- While the Swedish import didn’t improve much from his freshman to sophomore campaigns, most feel Taylor has the untapped potential to really take off this season and mold into a potential first round selection in the 2011 Draft. What jumps out most about Taylor are his length, perimeter defense and ability to get to the charity stripe (78th in fouls drawn per 40 minutes in the nation). He can lock up two or three positions on the floor and is a solid rebounder for a 6’7 wing. Taylor’s shooting must improve mightily as defenders really don’t have to pay attention to him beyond the three-point line. 1-11 from downtown on the season is quite poor for a small forward and Taylor can disappear for chunks of time in games. With Jermaine Beal and A.J. Ogilvy gone, the onus is on Taylor to become more of a consistent weapon and send Vanderbilt back to the NCAA Tournament to avenge last season’s disappointing finish.
11. John Jenkins, Vanderbilt- Jenkins has a chance to do great things. It’s really that simple. A shooter this pure and this accurate coming around is a very seldom luxury. Hyped as a pinpoint long-range shooter out of high school, Jenkins lived up to the billing as a freshman and more. How’s 48% from deep sound to you? His performances late in the season against Florida and Georgia were sights to behold. Jenkins is a big-time shooter who can light it up for eight or nine treys when given enough opportunities, and he should see the ball in his hands with increased frequency with Jermaine Beal and A.J. Ogilvy departed. The only reason Jenkins isn’t higher on the list is that his game lacks in two main areas: defense and ballhanding. He’s not yet proficient at creating shots for himself on a consistent basis. While I’m sure Vandy point guard Brad Tinsley is feeding Jenkins a healthy amount of passes this summer, Jenkins will only become a truly special talent if he can do more on his own.
Also considered: Brad Tinsley (Vanderbilt)
A Dec. 21 home game against the Commodores is the highlight of MTSU's newly-released 2010-11 hoops schedule