Tuesday, July 19, 2011
SEC bounce-back players: Vanderbilt
By Edward Aschoff
We finish up our SEC East bounce-back players at Vanderbilt:
Warren Norman, RB, Jr.: Norman was having a pretty productive 2010 before a Week 8 arm injury cost him the rest of his season. Norman netted 459 rushing yards last season and averaged 6 yards per carry. Two years ago he rushed onto the scene by being one of the league's most dynamic return men, scoring three touchdowns on kick returns. But the Commodores' offense will need him to be at full health this fall. The offense is looking for playmakers and will rely heavily on the running game. Vanderbilt's coaches are hoping Norman can pick up where he left off last season. There is depth at the running back position, but Norman is the only Commodore to gain more than 500 yards in a season since his arrival in 2009.
T.J. Greenstone, DT, Sr.: It's not every day that a two-year captain gets lumped into the "rebound" category, but Greenstone was never at 100 percent last season. An ankle injury really hindered his year and he started just eight games, recording 28 tackles and just one sack. Greenstone battled injuries this spring as well. The Commodores return a lot on defense, but an area where Vanderbilt really needs to improve is stopping the run. Vandy ranked last in the SEC, giving up 193 rushing yards a game. Greenstone needs to be that run-stopping force in the middle the Commodores lacked last season. Vandy also needs a leader on defense. Greenstone has earned a lot of respect from his teammates, but he'll need to play a lot more and be more of an impact on the field in order for his leadership to truly be felt this fall.