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It takes a lot for us to get excited about the Vanderbilt Commodores.
But preseason second-team All-SEC running back Zac Stacy had us thinking there might be something to that perennial optimism in Nashville.
Vandy has never been very good or won an SEC title. We can't harp too much on the Commodores this season, though. After all, Vandy will be bowling, which is more than we can say for Arkansas, Auburn or Tennessee.
Sure, we weren't expecting any miracles this season, and Vanderbilt is a long, long way from competing with Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and Florida for its first conference title since the 1923 season (in the Southern Conference).
But if there was one guy who could spur the Commodores to the next level, it had to be Zac Stacy—arguably the best football athlete we've seen at Vanderbilt in some time.
So why is Stacy on our list?
It all boils down to utter inconsistency this season.
Flashes of brilliance and jaw-dropping athleticism against Presbyterian (174 yards against an admittedly bad FCS program, having just made the jump from Division II in 2007) made us sit up and take notice.
Another 169 yards against Auburn was impressive, despite Auburn's lack of defense this season.
But what about those 36 yards on 13 carries at Northwestern?
Or what about averaging just 2.5 yards per carry at Missouri?
The wild swings in performance from Stacy land him on this list, and we'll need to see something pretty special down the stretch and into bowl season to erase the last vestiges of disappointment.