Terrence Jeffers- It's not looking good folks. Word on the street is that Jeffers announced on his Facebook page that he was "No Longer A Commodore". If this is true it's a major blow to a Vanderbilt team, which is working hard to improve the production of its offense. Previously the word was that it would be announced on Tuesday what Jeffers status for the 2009 season.
With the high likelihood that Jeffers will not be available for 2009, the Commodore coaches have already moved tight end Justin Green and cornerback Rich Tomkins to wide receiver. Green, at 6-foot-7, gives the team another big body to make opponents have to deal with. Green also has very good speed for a big man. Additionally, Green played wide receiver in a high school spread offense and caught 25 passes for 375 yards and five touchdowns. Vanderbilt already has Austin Monahan and Brandon Barden established at tight end so it made sense to make the move with Green. The 5-foot-11 Tomkins, while a walk-on, has some speed as he returned kickoffs in high school and won the state title in the 100-meter hurdles… but can he catch?
Vanderbilt has caught an early injury bug. Several receivers has been held out including John Cole, Udom Omoh and Akeem Dunham. Running back Jared Hawkins has also been limited in the amount of contact he can take part in. These injuries likely also influenced the move of Green and Tomkins to WR.
The Commonwealth Journal recently put up a nice story on John Cole. Head coach Bobby Johnson told the Somerset, Ky. paper that "He's got some tools, He's use to catching a lot of footballs and he knows what to do when he gets it."
Vanderbilt isn't the only college with early season injury problems. About 250 miles to the east Western Carolina is also having some early problems with injuries. The Catamounts started preseason practice on Saturday and either held out or limited the contact of wide receiver Andrerius Thomas, running back Jayson Williams and freshman quarterback Ryan World. Thomas is a promising player who caught 19 passes a year ago as a freshman. Williams is a transfer from Central Florida who rushed for 146 yard and a score before an injury ended his season. World has pneumonia.
Mr. Pac-10 likes the SEC or at least thinks it's a pretty tough conference. Mr. Pac-10 recently posted his top 50 picks on CollegeFootballNews.com. He has Florida 1st, Ole Miss 5th, Alabama 7th, Georgia 11th, LSU 16th, Arkansas 35th, and Tennessee 37th. South Carolina and Auburn were listed as other teams to watch. Vanderbilt did not make the list.
The Jackson-Sun put up an interesting question and answer article regarding Vanderbilt football a couple days ago. The column discussed quarterback Mackenzi Adams and head coach Bobby Johnson. The writer says that the Vandy-Rice game could go "either way".
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