Can Vanderbilt Compete In The SEC East With 13 Returning Starters?
Coming off a 2-10 season in 2009 was surely a disappointment, for any team. Looking towards next season, Vandy fans have some reasons to believe an improvement is in store (after all, it can’t get much worse). With that said, competing in the SEC East will still be difficult for a Vanderbilt team that has to battle against premiere programs in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee who, even in rebuilding years, continuously put superior talent on the field.
Running back Warren Norman brings the most punch to the Vanderbilt offense, and for Vanderbilt to win games, Norman will have to deliver. Vanderbilt Magazine says this about Norman:
Warren Norman, a running back and kick returner, was named to the Freshman All-SEC team as a kick returner and voted SEC Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches. He set an SEC freshman record with 1,941 all-purpose yards, led the league with 161.8 all-purpose yards per game, and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns. He also was named to the All-SEC second team as a return specialist. His freshman numbers eclipsed those of Herschel Walker, which had stood since 1981. Norman was Vanderbilt’s leading rusher with 783 yards.
Also of interest is the potential quarterback battle with incoming JUCO transfer Jordan Rodgers (brother of Green Bay Packer quarterback).
On defense, Chris Marve, arguably Vandy’s best player, will anchor the team and try to slow down the talented SEC offenses.
Commodore fans have reason to be excited with the a quality 2010 recruiting class, but it will take time to develop the incoming class and the reality is that the SEC competition is just too much. Vanderbilt will improve upon last year, but a .500 season is most likely as good as it gets – in fact, a .500 season would be considered a successful season.