Offensive coordinator John Donovan wants it to be his voice delivering the play calls to Vanderbilt’s quarterbacks this season. Now it’s a matter of whether Coach James Franklin is willing to relinquish that control.
Franklin has said he will decide by next week if he or Donovan handles the play-calling for the Sept. 3 opener against Elon at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Either way, the personnel on the field is starting to come into sharper focus as the coaching staff appears to be tipping its hand as to who their starters will be.
More from the Lockridge piece about Vanderbilt receivers continuing to struggle holding on to the ball:
Receivers coach Chris Beatty said dropped passes remain a “big concern” for his group, particularly given the struggles in Saturday’s scrimmage and the history of drops over the last two years.
“You can’t put the ball on the ground, and many tipped balls lead to picks,” Beatty said. “It’s a concern because it’s something we’ve done in the past that we’re trying to get rid of.”
Beatty said he is working to get Udom Umoh, who had four drops in the scrimmage, to keep his hands closer together. Umoh had just 12 catches in 2010 after pulling in 20 in 2009.
“Udom does a great job of getting open,” Beatty said. “We just have to work on looking the ball all the way in. He’ll make some great catches, then come back and drop an easy one. That’s just concentration.”
Finally, Coach Franklin continues to collect quarterbacks as Vanderbilt announced the transfer of Austyn Carta-Sanders from Wyoming.