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Fresh faces: Vanderbilt

7/20/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

With the start of preseason practice bearing down on us, we'll kick off the SEC's version of "Fresh Faces," a look at three newcomers on each team that could have a big impact this season.

Since we're always doing everything in alphabetical order around here, we'll go backward this time and start with Vanderbilt.

Terence Jeffers-Harris, WR: The only issue with Jeffers-Harris, a transfer from Connecticut, is whether he'll have enough credit hours to be eligible. The Vanderbilt coaches remain hopeful that he'll get it done in the classroom. He needs to because he immediately becomes that bigger go-to receiver who can make the tough catches over the middle and also make plays in the deep passing game. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Jeffers-Harris was one of the best offensive players on the field for much of spring practice.

Zac Stacy, RB: The truth is, any of the three freshman running backs the Commodores signed could step in right away and make an early impact. Senior Jared Hawkins appears healthy again, but he'll need some help. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Stacy has a nice blend of power and speed and is also comfortable catching the ball out of the backfield. His ability to make people miss in the open field could make him the kind of big-play threat the Commodores lacked at running back last season.

Tray Herndon, WR: Justin Wheeler's knee injury in the spring was a big blow to an already thin receiving corps. Herndon, a transfer from Minnesota, already has some experience at the college level, which means the transition to the SEC should be a little smoother than your average freshman. He's a guy who seemed to show up in spring scrimmages with big plays. His challenge will be consistency, because the Commodores are going to need him if they're going to beef up a passing game that was last in the SEC a year ago and produced just 122.6 yards per game.