It's clear that head coach James Franklin has the Vanderbilt football program moving in the right direction. 2012 should be another season for the Commodores to push for a bowl berth.
The Vanderbilt offense was somewhat of a roller coaster ride last season, but Larry Smith has since graduated.
With South Carolina coming into Nashville for the season-opener in front of a national audience, the Vanderbilt offense will have a tough test right out of the gate.
These five difference-makers will have to play well throughout the season for the Commodores to improve on their 6-7 record in 2011.