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Anchor Drop, August 7, 2021: 28 Days to Kickoff

Yep. Four weeks.

NCAA Football: Missouri at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

We’re down to 28 days until Vanderbilt football’s season opener against East Tennessee State — four weeks. 28 for the Commodores is Allan George. The 6’1”, 197-pound fifth-year senior from Andalusia, Alabama, has been a mainstay in the Commodores’ defensive backfield for the last three years, starting 22 games.

And since we’re that close to football season, Vanderbilt had its first preseason practice yesterday. Clark Lea had media availability afterwards, and here’s what qualifies as news:

  • Quarterback is an open competition, officially.
  • Running back is thin. (Ja’Veon Marlow left the team a while ago.) “Ray” (Re’Mahn Davis?) and Rocko (Griffin) are getting the most reps.
  • On defense, specific praise for Daevion Davis, Elijah McAllister, Anfernee Orji, and Max Worship.

The Tennessean has more. In other football-related news, Ken Seals is on the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list.

In more awards news, incoming freshman golfer Gordon Sargent was named the USA Today Male Golfer of the Year. Women’s golf released its 2021-22 schedule, which opens September 13-14 at the Cougar Classic in Charleston. And, there’s a summer update on some baseball players.

Sports on TV

All times Central.

  • 11:00 AM: PGA Tour: WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (Golf Channel)
  • 12:05 PM: MLB: Mariners at Yankees (MLB.tv free game)
  • 1:00 PM: PGA Tour: WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (Golf Channel)
  • 3:05 PM: MLB: Mets at Phillies (FS1)
  • 7:40 PM: MLB: Diamondbacks at Padres (FS1)
  • 9:00 PM: CFL: Ottawa Redblacks at Edmonton Eskimos (ESPN2)

Also, the Olympics. I’m not going to bother listing everything out; here’s the schedule from NBC. And, ESPN+ (and the Longhorn Network for some reason) is showing Little League World Series regionals.

Scoreboard

MLB: White Sox 8, Cubs 6 ... Phillies 4, Mets 2 ... Yankees 3, Mariners 2 ... Rays 10, Orioles 6 ... Blue Jays 12, Red Sox 4 ... Cleveland 6, Tigers 1 ... Reds 10, Pirates 0 ... Braves 8, Nationals 4 ... Twins 5, Astros 4 ... Brewers 2, Giants 1 ... Cardinals 4, Royals 2 ... Rockies 14, Marlins 2 ... A’s 4, Rangers 1 ... Angels 4, Dodgers 3 ... Diamondbacks 8, Padres 5.