After a five-day postponement of fall football practice, the Vanderbilt Commodores returned to the practice field Wednesday morning, according to a tweet from head coach Derek Mason.
In his tweet, Mason shared that "Workout Wednesday has begun ... 5:45 a.m. weights - Done! Class work to grass work ... we're back." A spokesperson for Vanderbilt Athletics confirmed the team's return according to multiple reports.
Now that the team is back on the field, the task of preparing for their Sept.26 scheduled visit to Texas A&M will likely take on a hastened importance because of the time lost. The Commodores were forced to postpone practice indefinitely as a result of "several" positive tests among players for the COVID-19 virus.
The postponement began last Friday when the university reported via social media from Mason that a "small number of positive COVID-19 test results within our (football) program," and those players and the team would move forward under the school's predetermined protocols for such a situation.
While the Commodores got good news on Tuesday with the announcement that Dimitri Moore would return to the team after opting-out of the season earlier this month, the fact remains that there is much work to be done.
That work, in particular, continues to center around the quarterback competition where four players continue to compete for the starters role.
There are other positions where competitions are ongoing, but those positions offer the possibility for more than one player to start or earn a prominent regular role.
According to oddsmaker,s the Commodores enter the season as a double-digit underdog in every game on their schedule this season.