The Vanderbilt football team has released its rosters for Sunday's Black and Gold spring game inside Vanderbilt Stadium. The two teams are expected to compete in a game-like setting for the first time at Vanderbilt since the spring of 2001. It's the first gameday like event for the Commodores under new head coach James Franklin.
Due to lack of numbers, the Commodore offensive linemen will wear white jerseys and play throughout the game for both squads.
Vanderbilt will welcome a few local celebrities as honorary coaches including long-time television sportscasters Hope Hines and Rudy Kalis as well as Rivals.com radio personality Chris Childers and local disc jockeys Mike "MAC" McIntyre of Classic Hits 97.1 and Kenny Smoov of 92Q.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CST, though festivities will start as early as 3 p.m with live music at Vandyville. There will also be an autograph session with current Commodore players at the stadium concourse starting at 3. Vanderbilt also encourages tailgating to start at any time of the day, with National Commodore Club parking lots (Lots 1, 1A, 2 and 4) opening at 12 p.m., along Natchez Trace and Vanderbilt Place just across the street from the stadium.
The Commodores are expected to hold a Star Walk prior to the game like on Saturday's in the fall and the Spirit of Gold Marching Band is also expected to be in attendance. There will also be half-time festivities featuring a flag football game by Commodore sororities Alpha Omicron Pi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Pi Beta Phi and Chi Omega. A fireworks show will follow the game.
Admission for all events is free. The donation of a children's book to the Books from Birth program is encouraged.
BLACK AND GOLD GAME ROSTERS
#10. Larry Smith (Sr.)
#2. Zac Stacy (Jr.) #45. Marc Panu (So.)
#3. Akeem Dunham (Jr.) #4. Udom Umoh (Sr.) #17. Jonathan Krause (So.) #43. Jeff Gendelman (So.) #87. Jordan Matthews (So.)