2006 VU position overview: Wide Receivers

The Vanderbilt receivers are arguably the deepest unit on the Commodore squad. Earl Bennett, Marlon White, George Smith and others make this a solid group. Today VandyMania looks at the Vanderbilt wide receivers.


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Many believe that with the departure of Jay Cutler Vanderbilt will return to more running, options style offense. This may not be true, however, as offensive coordinator Ted Cain has stated that Vanderbilt will stick with the same type offense it had in 2005. One thing is for sure: when Vanderbilt does pass the quarterback will have a fine group of receivers to throw to.


Earl Bennett (6-2, 200 SO): Selected to All-SEC team and earned freshman Scout.com All-American honors. Bennett had 79 catches for almost 900 yards and 9 touchdown catches. Slowed in preseason practice with a pulled ham string but is back in full contact drills.

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, 190 SO): Saw action in every game, starting Tennessee game. Caught 3 passes during the season.

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, 185 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.

Sean Walker (6-1, 185 SO): Slowed by injury in 2005. Saw action in 7 games but didn't have a catch. Caught 26 passes as a senior in high school.

Justin Wheeler (6-2, 180 FR*): Redshirted during the 2005 season. As a high school senior, caught 25 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns.

Chris Reinert (5-9, 180 FR*): Hard working invited walk-on. Caught 27 passes as a high school senior.


Steven Goulet (6-2, 178 FR): Goulet had 12 receptions before an injury cut short his senior season. Goulet earned honorable mention All-State honors.

Matt Quinn (6-5, 200 FR): Quinn caught an impressive 77 passes as a senior and 5 more in the Carolina Shrine game. Will likely see action as a long snapper for Vanderbilt.


Vanderbilt will return three experienced, proven receivers in Bennett, White, and Smith. Bennett had a dream season with 79 catches. White and Smith both also had many super catches. Look for Bryant Anderson, Alex Washington or Larry Simmons to step up and be Vandy's fourth receiver. This unit is certainly Vanderbilt's deepest position.

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

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