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Anchor Drop, June 8, 2018: 85 Days

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Vanderbilt hosts Mississippi State in the first game of the Nashville Super Regional.

Western Kentucky v Vanderbilt Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Good morning.

We’re 85 days away from kickoff. 85 last year belonged to sophomore WR Chris Pierce, but the latest roster update shows that he’s switched to 19. So... no one is wearing 85 for now.

A few quick notes on that, by the way. Not all of the incoming players have jersey numbers listed, but a few do: grad transfer DL Louis Vecchio is wearing 29, freshman WR C.J. Bolar is wearing 83, freshman TE Ben Bresnahan has 86 (well, would have been nice to know that yesterday), grad transfer P Parker Thome is wearing 93, and redshirt freshman DL Rutger Reitmaier has 94.

Number changes: Sophomore DB Frank Coppet has switched from 35 to 2; sophomore DB Tae Daley has switched from 12 to 3; sophomore DB Randall Haynie has switched from 24 to 4; junior RB Josh Crawford switched from 22 to 6; junior WR Alex Stump moves from 15 to 11; redshirt freshman LB Brayden DeVault-Smith moves from 52 to 12; and sophomore Braden Kopp has switched from 65 to 89. As that last number change might suggest, Kopp has also moved from OL to TE, though that isn’t reflected on the roster.

As you might know, Vanderbilt baseball opens the Super Regionals tonight against Mississippi State. Game time is 7:00 PM CT, and the game will be televised on ESPN2. Drake Fellows (7-4, 3.52 ERA) will take the mound for the Commodores. In a bit of a surprise, Mississippi State will throw its usual Saturday starter, Ethan Small (5-3, 2.94) tonight, with normal Friday starter Konnor Pilkington going in the second game.

A couple of new hires in the football program: Jake Kirkendall is the new Director of Football Operations, and Christy Russell will be the Director of Player Development.

Tweet of the Day

One, Mississippi State continues to be salty about getting sent to Nashville. Two, that’s your own damn fault for staying in Hendersonville; any one of us could have told you not to do that.

Off the West End

The Washington Capitals won their first-ever Stanley Cup.

76ers GM Bryan Colangelo resigned over, I guess, having burner Twitter accounts.

The Patriots’ Julian Edelman got a four-game suspension for PEDs.