It’s an extra special Homecoming week for Vanderbilt’s football team.
The Commodores take on Duke at home with a chance to get a sixth victory — one that would clinch bowl eligibility. And because of that, former Vanderbilt football players are showing up this week to give their support to the current Commodores.
Two former VU players — Tavarus Hogans and Andre Woods — attended practice on Wednesday, and they were beaming with pride about the performance of the 2008 Commodores.
Hogans, who played from 1996-99, is 10th place on the program’s career receiving yard list and led the ’Dores in receptions in 1998 and 1999. Woods lettered for the Commodores in 1997 and 1999.
“It’s a pleasure to see, being an alum,” Hogans said.
“This season is great,” Woods said. “Especially if we get this sixth win. They’ll etch themselves in history.”
Both Hogans, who lives in Tampa, Fla, and Woods, who lives in Houston, said people have been congratulating them about Vanderbilt’s success this season, particularly after the school’s appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay.
“People want to see Vandy win,” Hogans said. “I’m even getting some people come up to me and say ‘atta boy.’ [But] We don’t need to party too soon.”
Hogans also said it’s exciting for Vanderbilt alums to see the school’s basketball and baseball teams have success, as well as ex-Commodore athletes David Price and Jay Cutler.
“That’s the culture we have to create,” Hogans said about the school’s recent athletic success.
If Vanderbilt is able to achieve bowl eligibility, Hogans and Woods said they thought big numbers of former Commodore football players would travel to wherever VU played in a bowl game.
“That’s 25 years of classes that will travel,” Hogans said.
“If they go to Idaho, we’ll go there,” Woods said.
Getting comfortable: This is Mackenzi Adams’ second week getting reps as VU’s starting quarterback. His first appearance as the starter this season came last week against Georgia. He said he’s farther along in his development now that he’s getting all the first-team reps.
“It gives you more confidence,” Adams said. “It’s nice getting all the reps.”