Dores Spring Into Practice

Vanderbilt opened its 2024 spring practice on Tuesday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt football head coach Clark Lea opened his fourth spring practice on Tuesday morning, as the Commodores took the field for the first of 15 practices.

“Good to be back on the field today,” Lea told reporters after the session. “Just like any first practice there were good plays, bad plays and some sloppiness, but it was fun to get out. The team had a good spirit. We’ve got a long way to go, but I’m excited for the journey.”

The first official practice followed eight weeks of winter training, including strength and conditioning sessions under new director of football sports performance Robert Stiner. The Commodores are also working in new systems on defense, where Lea has taken over coordinator responsibilities, and offense under new coordinator Tim Beck.

In addition, Vanderbilt welcomed 16 new student-athletes in January who are practicing with the program for the first time. The group includes five early-enrolling freshman and 11 transfers.

Student-athletes Christian James, Quincy Skinner Jr. and Bryan Longwell also met with the media following practice.

The Commodores return to the practice field Thursday morning.