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Vanderbilt WR Trent Sherfield
Vanderbilt wide receiver Trent Sherfield led the Commodores with 659 receiving yards last year, which, on paper, looks like a rather solid season for the sophomore.
It was solid, but 240 of those yards came when he reeled in 16 passes against Austin Peay in Week 3.
Vanderbilt has a highly underrated running back in Ralph Webb, a quarterback with potential in Kyle Shurmur and a defense that keeps it in games for as long as possible. If it had a deep threat to take some pressure off, bowl games wouldn't be the exception; they'd be the rule.
Sherfield is back, as is Caleb Scott—who caught 24 passes for 339 yards a year ago. If one of them can become more reliable, Vandy's fourth-place finish in the SEC East will become the floor rather than the ceiling, and head coach Derek Mason will inch closer to reaching the level former head coach James Franklin had the program at when he left following the 2013 season.
Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Statistics are courtesy of CFBStats.com, and recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.
Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on SiriusXM 83. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.