Vanderbilt Football 2006: wide receivers

This is the first of a series of early looks at the 2006 Vanderbilt Commodore football team. VandyMania takes a look at the returning players and newcomers at every position. Today we check out the wide receivers.

Losses

Erik Davis, Jason Burns, Jason Caldwell, Ronnie Swoopes

Returnees

Earl Bennett (6-2, 200 SO): Had an incredible freshman season. Selected to All-SEC team. Had 79 catches for almost 900 yards and 9 touchdown catches.
Marlon White (6-4, 205 SR): Had 34 catches for 350 yards and 6 touchdowns. Made key TD catches in the early season wins and in the Tennessee game.
George Smith (6-3, 195 SO): Fourth year sophomore-to-be caught 23 passes for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns as a freshman. Had a fantastic catch against Tennessee.
Bryant Anderson (6-3, 202 SO): Had 3 catches.
Sean Walker (5-11, 180 SO): Saw limited action.

Newcomers

Larry Simmons (5-10, 160 FR*): Redshirted during the 2005 season. As a high school senior caught 54 passes for 789 yards and six touchdowns. Also returned kicks. Earned All-District honors.
Alex Washington (5-10, 180 FR*): Redshirted during the 2005 season. As a high school senior averaged 24 yards per receptions,scoring two touchdowns. On defense, had 27 tackles and one interception. Named All-District and All-Area.
Justin Wheeler (6-2, 190 FR*): Redshirted during the 2005 season. As a high school senior, caught 25 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns.

Remarks- Erik Davis will be greatly missed. Vanderbilt will return three experienced, proven receivers in Bennett, White, and Smith. Bennett had a dream season with 79 catches. White and Smith both had many super catches. Look for Bryant Anderson, Alex Washington or Larry Simmons to step up into the fourth receiver spot.


Vanderbilt freshman Earl Bennett caught an incredible 79 passes and was named All-SEC in 2005. (VM/Stan Jones)

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