Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur might be a few pounds heavier when he comes to practice on Tuesday.
His teammates on the offensive line planned to take their starting quarterback to dinner Monday night as part of a chemistry-building effort conceived by left tackle Will Holden.
“Kyle is looking forward to it,” Holden told Adam Sparks from The Tennessean. “It’s an honor to come eat with the big guys, and he knows that.”
Holden said he thought getting the linemen together for a meal with the man who will be leading them on the field would do everyone some good. While Shurmur is the returning starter, he took over that role in the middle of the season last year and was the fifth starter in two seasons for the Commodores at that point.
They planned to go for Tex-Mex at Chuy’s, but the linemen did not plan to pay for Shurmur’s meal.
“It’s all about managing those relationships,” Holden told the Tennessean. “He has to trust us, and we have to trust him. Eating a big plate of burritos is a good place to start.”