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By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 14:18

You cannot run away from your problems – unless you are Jacoby Ford.

His problems come in the form of NFL defensive backs and linebackers, and few (if any) can match his speed.

During the 2010 NFL scouting combine, Ford ran the 40-yard dash in 4.26 seconds. Five years later that speed still sets the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder apart from the current trend of bigger, stronger receivers in the NFL.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 14:08

Kyle Phillips is quickly earning his stripes at the University of Tennessee as evidenced by the fact that the he became this year’s first true freshman to have the black stripe removed from his helmet.

The defensive end out of Hillsboro had his pulled Monday, less than a week since the start of camp.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 13:03

Only five NFL teams have had more players arrested over the last five years than the Tennessee Titans.

According to research by former San Jose Mercury News reporter Mike Rosenberg, the Titans have had 11 player arrests since 2010. Of course, more than half (six) were by former wide receiver Kenny Britt (pictured), who last played for the Titans in 2013.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 12:47

The Vanderbilt University Board of Trust has approved $10 million to upgrade the Commodore baseball facility in a move to not only just keep up with the college Joneses but to persuade signees from going pro just out of high school.

The project will see Memorial Gym expanded to a point just beyond the left field wall of Hawkins Field, with batting cages relocated to an existing below-ground level of Memorial.

Relatedly, the ground level and top floor of Memorial will be renovated and expanded for "a state-of-the-art classroom," cardio room, expanded weight room, recruiting area and coaches' and staff offices. The weight room will be nearly double the size of the existing baseball weight room and will also be used by the university's basketball teams. There will also be a larger locker room to serve former Commodore players who return to train and mentor current players.

"We have placed the emphasis of this project where it should be — on the student-athletes," said David Williams, VU athletics director and vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs. "The new additions are designed to benefit them the most."

"First, we recruit elite high school baseball prospects who often are choosing between us and professional baseball," Williams added. "It is important that our facilities help them develop to their full potential. It is also imperative that we identify young men with strong academic interests because we all know our program develops more than just baseball skills.

Williams said VU wants "a welcoming and quality home" for former Commodores who are now professionals and return to the campus to train during the off season or to finish academic requirements.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 12:29

Regardless of whether or not it’s easier to watch, Vanderbilt football will sound different in 2015.

The university’s athletics department announced Tuesday that Norman Jordan, a running back one of the program’s rare bowl teams, will be color commentator on Vanderbilt football radio broadcasts.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 07:13

Jordan Matthews is not a fan of the NFL draft process.

It is not that Vanderbilt’s career receiving leader is upset that he lasted until the second round before the Philadelphia Eagles selected him. It is not the constant questions about what he (or any other player) can or can’t do.

It’s that preparing for the draft, in his mind, and preparing to play football are two completely different things.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 06:58

Now with his third Major League Baseball team, David Price finally did something for the first time.

The Vanderbilt All-American was named the American League’s co-Player of the Week on Monday for his performance in his first two games as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. He shared the award with Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2015 - 15:11

Rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota unquestionably is the number-one attraction at the Tennessee Titans training camp. With that in mind, the Nashville Post will offer a daily ‘Mariota Moment,’ a brief look at some aspect of the No. 2 overall pick’s preparation for the 2015 season.

Today: Right on time

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2015 - 13:01

At times last fall Ralph Webb made it look easy.

Chances are it only gets harder from here.

The running back out of Gainesville, Fla. set a Vanderbilt freshman record with 907 rushing yards in 2014. That was 109 yards more than Kwane Doster’s previous mark, set in 2002, and was 14th overall in the SEC.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2015 - 11:51

His victory at last week’s prestigious Western Amateur has to rank as one of the top moments of Dawson Armstrong’s golf career to date.

It also did a lot to improve the Lipscomb University sophomore’s standing in the world amateur ranks.