Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-1 SEC) practiced on Thursday morning in preparation for their game with Georgia (2-4, 1-3 SEC) on Saturday. The Commodores, who normally practice in the late afternoon, were able to practice in the morning because of a break in classes.
Vanderbilt was scheduled to practice again on Friday morning in Nashville before heading to Duluth, Ga., in the afternoon by bus. The Commodores will stay in Duluth overnight and then head to Athens early Saturday morning. After the game on Saturday they’ll fly back to Nashville.
Two key Commodore defensive players look like they’ll play on Saturday. Defensive tackle Adam Smotherman hasn’t played this season because of a serious knee injury he suffered six months ago in spring practice. However, head coach Robbie Caldwell was optimistic about Smotherman’s chances of playing.
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“I doubt he’ll start but they’re going to mix him in,” said Caldwell. “He says he’s feeling the best he’s felt in a while.”
When asked if star middle linebacker Chris Marve would play, Caldwell seemed certain that he would.
“Absolutely, he ran around pretty good today,” said the coach. “I was impressed with him.”
Both Marve and Smotherman are co-captains for Vanderbilt.
A third player, defensive tackle T.J. Greenstone, seems less likely to play.