Vanderbilt Football 2007: Receivers

We continue our 2007 positional analysis of the Vanderbilt Commodores today as we look at the wide receivers. This is part III of a multi-series previewing the 2007 Commodores.

81 Bryant Anderson 6-3 210 Jr.-2L Roswell, Ga./Centennial
10 Earl Bennett 6-1 202 Jr.-2L Birmingham, Ala./West End
47 Chris Reinart 5-9 175 So.-1L Santa Ana, Calif./Servite
18 Larry Simmons 5-10 165 So.-SQ Austin, Texas/Anderson
88 George Smith 6-3 195 Jr.-2L Hollywood, Fla./Hollywood Hills
7 Sean Walker 6-0 180 Jr.-2L Louisville, Ga./Jefferson County
26 Alex Washington 5-10 180 So.-1L Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson
80 Justin Wheeler 6-0 175 So.-1L North Augusta, Ga./No. Augusta
13 Turner Wimberly 6-0 195 Fr.-RS Austin, Texas/Hun School (N.J.)
25 Jamie Graham 5-11 180 Fr. Whites Creek, Tenn./Whites Creek
23 Udom Umoh 6-0 175 Fr. Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County
49 Chris Griffin 6-1 185 Fr.-RS Memphis, Tenn./Central

Bold= projected starter

The wide receiver position should prove to be a very bright spot for the Commodores this fall. Twice all-conference performer Earl Bennett begins his junior campaign with expectations of becoming the SEC all-time leading receiver. Bennett led the conference for the second straight year with 82 catches, 1,146 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns in 2006. He has performed beyond any expectations that anyone could have had before coming to Vanderbilt and he stands just 48 receptions short of the all-time SEC receiving record.

George Smith (photo right) also returns this year for his junior campaign after starting for the previous two seasons. Smith's height helps him in jump ball situations, to go along with his good speed and soft hands. He totaled 21 receptions for 313 yards in 2006 and 23 receptions for 287 yards in 2005. He has proven himself to be an excellent target for Nickson to go along with good downfield blocking ability.

Sean Walker (photo left) emerged as one of the most reliable receivers last season for Nickson with 16 catches and he ran several reverses with great success.

Other receivers who will compete for playing time are Bryant Anderson, Alex Washington, Justin Wheeler, Larry Simmons, Turner Wimberly and Chris Reinert . Anderson, Washington and Simmons all made catches last season and should get opportunities again this season. Wheeler, Wimberly and Reinert all looked promising during the spring and are working hard to get their chance to get on the field.

Newcomers Jamie Graham, Udom Umoh and walk-on Chris Griffin also hope to make and impact but they'll probably be redshirted. Umoh in particular has raised some eyebrows in preseason practice; he rarely drops a pass. Don't be shocked if you see him on the field during the 2007 season.

Grade A

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