Vanderbilt enters 2020 with modest expectations. Head Coach Derek Mason enters his 7th season at the helm hoping to get the Commodores Bowl Eligible again. It will be difficult but not impossible as Vanderbilt returns many experienced players. Vanderbilt only returns five starters on Offense and will have a new Quarterback as freshman Ken Seals and junior Jeremy Moussa will both be vying for the job until early September. The Wide Receiving Unit returns two starters in senior Chris Pierce and sophomore Cam Johnson while Vanderbilt will need someone to step up at Tight End. The Offensive Line returns three starters and will be blocking for a pair of solid Running Backs in senior Jamauri Wakefield and sophomore Keyon Brooks. Vanderbilt welcomes back eleven starters on Defense including all three starters on the Defensive Line. The Defensive Line is anchored by senior Defensive End Dayo Odeyingbo while senior Defensive Tackles Drew Birchmeier and Cameron Tidd also return. The Linebacking Unit returns all four starters and will be led by junior Middle Linebacker Dimitri Moore. The Secondary returns four starters as well and will be carried by a pair of Cornerbacks in junior Allan George and sophomore BJ Anderson. The Special Teams Unit will be led by junior Punter Harrison Smith while sophomore Kicker Javon Rice will handle the Kicking duties. Vanderbilt will need to rely on their Defense to carry them in 2020. The Commodores have an extremely difficult schedule with road games at Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas A&M. Even with some lucky breaks the Commodores will most likely fall short of making it back to a Bowl Game this season. I predict Vanderbilt to improve ever so slightly and finish 4-8 in 2020.

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