Friday, September 25, 2009

No, Jamie Graham's not playing offense this weekend... or defense

Early this week, Vandy fans were still grumbling about Jamie Graham playing defense instead of offense. Jamie, you may remember, scored a critical touchdown last season that put us ahead of Rice.

Well, bad news. Jamie's not playing offense. Oh, and he's not playing defense. Oh, and he's not even traveling to Houston for the game. He's still recovering from a concussion he got in the Miss State game.

Vandy is 1-0 when Jamie Graham doesn't travel to the game. He stayed home from the Lexington trip last year because of injury, which forced Johnson to move D.J. Moore to receiver, which leads me to wonder if we'd even won that game if Jamie had traveled and started against the Wildcats. Not that he wasn't talented, but D.J. Moore's two first-half touchdown receptions had everybody wondering what took Bobby so long to make that move.

Anyway, I'm not suggesting we'll be better on Saturday without Graham. In fact, the secondary will be in a bind.

Here's our secondary depth on opening day against Western Carolina:

• CB: Myron Lewis, Sr.
• CB: Casey Hayward, So.
• FS: Ryan Hamilton, R-Sr.
• SS: Sean Richardson, So.
• NB: Jamie Graham, R-So.

Second team: Redshirt senior Joel Caldwell, redshirt freshman Micah Powell and true freshmen Eric Samuels, Eddie Foster and Trey Wilson

Now here's our current secondary depth:

• CB: Myron Lewis, Sr.
• CB: Casey Hayward, So.
• FS: Joel Caldwell, R-Sr.
• SS: Brent Trice, Sr. (currently starting at linebacker) or Sean Richardson, So. (currently recovering from injury)
• NB: Eric Samuels, Fr.


Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be surprised if Eddie Foster is the third corner to come in. Last week when Casey head migraines Foster came in before Samuels and he doesn't seem 100% healed


Good point. Foster has played well and has seen key action in both our SEC games. Samuels didn't play last week or the week before.