The first two weeks of the season haven't been good to Vanderbilt's offense. The Commodores are 0-2 and tied for 105th nationally in total offense (297 yards per game) and 109th in scoring (13 points per game).
That explosive offense we expected to see from the Commodores in the second year of the James Franklin era just hasn't shown up. And a main reason why Vandy has struggled so much on offense is because the running game has gone nowhere.
Despite having the SEC's top returning rusher from a year ago in senior Zac Stacy, the Commodores are averaging just 81.5 yards per game on the ground, which is good enough to rank 110th nationally.
But things will change this weekend. With Presbyterian coming to town, Stacy will come out of his two-week shell and get back to looking like the running back who rushed for 1,193 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. The good news for Stacy is that Presbyterian has given up 648 rushing yards in two games, including surrendering 469 yards to Georgia Tech in Week 2.
Stacy has to feel pretty good about that. While the competition he'll face this weekend doesn't come close to equaling that of SEC talent, Stacy and this offense need to gain some sort of confidence before diving into the meat of the conference schedule. We all know that all it takes is one outing to change the course of someone's season.
This could be that moment for Stacy.
He isn't the biggest running back out there, but he's tough and has the moves to get away from defenders. Once he finds space, it's hard to bring him down with his speed and quickness. All of that will be on display this weekend against Presbyterian.
We have yet to see the same Stacy we saw last year, and it has really hindered Vandy's offense. That will all change this weekend -- and maybe it will give Stacy the spark he needs heading into league play. He needs it and so does his team.