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Monday, April 16, 2012
Recapping Vanderbilt's spring game

By Edward Aschoff

It wasn't even close in Vanderbilt's spring game. The Black team clobbered the Gold 33-0 in front of a crowd of 8,500 at Saturday's Black and Gold Spring Game at Vanderbilt Stadium.

The Black team, headed by quarterback Jordan Rodgers and most of Vandy's first-team, went pass-heavy against the Gold. Rodgers completed 14 of his 29 passes for 126 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Rodgers' best option was the top receiving target of the day in junior Jordan Matthews, who caught seven passes for 105 yards and two scores.

"I thought the scrimmage went well, thought spring ball went well," Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said. "Most importantly, we stayed healthy. We were able to get a bunch of reps. All though we have some depth issues at certain positions, there are some positives and negatives to that. It affected how we could practice sometimes, but some of those guys got a bunch of rep, which is going to help them in the long haul."

One player who certainly stayed healthy was star running back Zac Stacy. After ranking third in the SEC in rushing last season, Stacy was basically left alone Saturday, as he carried the ball just twice for 1 yard.

Better safe than sorry.

Franklin said he's still waiting to see how the quarterback situation will play out. While Rodgers threw the most, Austyn Carta-Samuels, who transferred from Wyoming last year, is still very much in the race to take Vandy's starting quarterback job. He completed 6 of 12 passes for 47 yards and an interception Saturday.

"I'm interested to see how this quarterback thing is going to play out once Austyn Carta-Samuels has got a better feel and he can compete come summer camp," Franklin said. "Jordan's doing some really nice things. I thought it was interesting, we're putting an emphasis this spring on the passing game (because) we're a little dependent on running the ball. There are going to be times (in the SEC) where you're not going to be able to run the ball, and you're going to have to be able to throw the ball for a higher percentage."

Commodores fans also got a good glimpse of freshman wide receiver Josh Grady, who lined up as Vandy's wildcat quarterback. The former quarterback passed for 58 yards, including connecting with Matthews on a 54-yard touchdown pass. He also ran for 35 yards and an 8-yard score.

You can see more from the Commodores' spring game on Vandy's official website.