Reviewing Vanderbilt's scrimmage

Here's one you've heard before coming out of the Vanderbilt football camp: The defense shuts down the offense.

The Commodores went through a scrimmage last Saturday, and the offense failed to score a touchdown on six possessions that started inside the red zone.

Vanderbilt was missing several key offensive players, including running backs Zac Stacy and Wesley Tate, while Warren Norman played limited snaps. The only touchdown of the scrimmage came on a 4-yard run by H-back Ryan van Rensburg, capping a 50-yard drive that was directed by quarterback Larry Smith. Vanderbilt coach Robbie Caldwell said the scrimmage was designed in part to get a look at several of the younger players.

One of those younger players, freshman receiver Chris Boyd, caught consecutive passes from quarterback Charlie Goro and showed his ability to make yards after the catch, something the Commodores need desperately from their receivers this season.

Another player that was held out of the scrimmage was sophomore offensive guard Jabo Burrow, who's pushing for a starting job at left guard. Burrow has a concussion, although Caldwell hopes to get Burrow back soon.

Linebacker Archibald Cox had a pair of interceptions to lead the Vanderbilt defense, which was last in the SEC a year ago when it came to stopping teams inside the red zone.

Here's a link to a report on the scrimmage courtesy of the Vanderbilt sports information office.