Receiver: The Commodores never recovered after Justin Wheeler blew out his knee in the spring and transfer Terence Jeffers-Harris failed to become eligible last season. They need legitimate threats in the passing game in the worst way if they’re going to improve on last season’s anemic offensive showing.
Secondary: The defensive backfield has been the strength of Vanderbilt’s team the past two seasons under the tutelage of Jamie Bryant, but go back and look at the caliber of players the Commodores have lost back there. They already have six defensive back prospects committed in this class.
Offensive line: Anything the Commodores can do to add some firepower to their offense, they’re going to do. And that includes upgrading the quality and depth in the offensive line. Vanderbilt is losing three senior starters up front.
Two teams moving up quickly are Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
5) Vanderbilt 12) Cornell [Vanderbilt beats Cornell then Gonzaga on the way to the Sweet 16]
Two teams are unbeaten in SEC play right now. One is, of course, Kentucky. Can you name the other? How about Vanderbilt? The Commodores are indeed 4-0 in the league, and they've won nine straight since dropping back-to-back games against Illinois and Western Kentucky. They've jumped from an 8 to a 6 in this projection. This week brings two stern road tests, however. The 'Dores first visit Knoxville on Wednesday, and if they survive that, first place will be on the line when they head to Lexington Saturday.
Places To Be This Week
Knoxville, Tenn., Wednesday: Suddenly Tennessee might not be the team to beat in the Volunteer State. It might be Vanderbilt, winner of nine in a row. The teams meet in the first of two this season.
Vanderbilt has quietly put together quite a season -- it has a 4-0 SEC mark, a 15-3 overall record and is getting quality play from Jeffery Taylor (all 18 points in the second half against Auburn).
"A lot of times when you come back, it drains your energy to come back," coach Kevin Stallings said. "As deep as we are … that shouldn’t happen to us. As deep as we are, it should be a 50-50 game (then) and we should have every chance to win."
(5) Vanderbilt (14-3) (12) Arizona St. (14-6)
Vanderbilt Time to learn a little more about the Commodores. Vandy visits both Tennessee and Kentucky this week.