Anyways, it’s time for the wide receiver and tight end breakdown. Lets hope I can get through this without a rant about how bad our wideouts were last season (not likely). So here’s the part of the story where I tell you the obvious…
It’s very easy to say that wide receiver was out worst position last year. John Cole was a bit of a bright spot, he actually seemed to know the basics like how to run and catch. In fact, most guys knew how to run, but the catching wasn’t as easy for them.
Our tight ends also played rather crappy, which is kind of embarrassing considering we expected it to be a strong point. Branden Barden was the most disappointing of all, as he dropped plenty easy to catch passes (and he was actually good the year before last).
John Cole (WR)
Once again, this is probably the best wideout on the depth chart. He’s not quite as fast as Udom Umoh, but he has the best hands on the team (by a long shot, unless one of these freshman is better than we think).
Udom Umoh (WR)
He may be the best deep threat on the team, because — like I told you before — he has the running thing down. His catching, however, needs some work. I will give him credit though, he makes some plays every now and then.
Brady Brown (WR)
Coming out of high school, there was actually a decent amount of hype made over Brady Brown. Some people even thought he could show up and be a starter. Although, he never met those expectations and was redshirted after playing (for a very limited time) in 4 games.
Jordan Mathews (WR)
Cousin of Jerry Rice, Jordan Matthews, is one of most impressive freshman of the 2010 recruiting class. The 6’4″ Alabama native had a serious chance at starting for Vandy, but a recent injury may change things. Still, he is “catching” on fast… okay, that’s my pun for the day.
Chris Boyd (WR)
Chris and Jordan are a lot alike. They’re both 6’4″ and they have both been doing good in camp. You can expect to see this quick-learning freshman on the field a lot, too.
Johnathan Krause (WR)
Here is yet another solid freshman. Although much shorter than Chris and Jordan, he should get plenty of chances on the field.
Trent Pruitt (WR)
Trent has been moving up the depth chart quite as fast as the other freshman, and he may be redshirted this season. Besides, the only reason he did good in high school is because his dad was the coach (just kidding, just kidding).
Brandon Barden (TE)
Brandon is no doubt Vandy’s starter at tight end. He may have had a sophmore slump, but coaches still have a lot of hope in this guy. Besides, he’s on one of our posters. You can’t sit the guy on the poster.
Mason Johnston (TE)
With the injury to Austin Monahan, redshirt freshman Mason Johnston will get some time on the field this season.
Fitz Lassing (TE?)
Apperently, linebacker Fitz Lassing has been getting some time at tight end in practice. I guess we needed someone to come in with Austin’s injury.
**No offense to Charlie Byrge, Akeem Dunham, Trey Herndon, Jameson Stakey, or Turner Wimberly. I just wasn’t up for a 700 word story and I wanted to get all the freshman in.