As Vanderbilt football begins spring practice, is Mike Wright QB1?

Vanderbilt football started spring practice Wednesday with a new-look staff after losing five assistant coaches in the offseason. Despite that, coach Clark Lea is hoping to keep some amount of continuity entering the second offseason of his tenure di lui.

Joey Lynch, who called plays on an interim basis last season after the demotion of David Raih, was promoted to offensive coordinator, and Lea tried to bring in defensive assistants with whom he had worked with in an effort to keep his program on the same page . Four of the five defensive staff members from last season had to be replaced.

“It’s great just to be actually in a system for two years from now because this is my first time we’ve had the same coordinator in back-to-back years,” fifth-year tight end Ben Bresnahan said. “… So it’s really great to just be how that camaraderie with the guys, we’ve been able to buy in to Coach Lynch’s system.”

Vanderbilt tight end Ben Bresnahan plays against Connecticut in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn.  (AP Photo / Mark Humphrey)

Lea said that new defensive coordinator Nick Howell comes from a similar system under Virginia’s Bronco Mendenhall to what Lea wants to run. Howell, an experienced coordinator who was hired to coach defensive backs at Vanderbilt, was brought in with the idea of ​​eventually becoming the Commodores’ defensive coordinator. His track of him was expedited when Jesse Minter left for Michigan.

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