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Vanderbilt Football: 5 Most Intriguing Players Heading Into 2014

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Vanderbilt Football's 5 Most Intriguing Players Heading Into 2014

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The 2014 Vanderbilt team will look a lot different than last year's team. The offense loses its starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels and the defense only returns three starters. Not only did the Commodores lose a lot of players, but they also lost James Franklin, who is now the head coach at Penn State. Coming into the 2014 season, the Commodores will be looking for key players to step up.

5. Brian Kimbrow

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5. Brian Kimbrow

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Running back Brian Kimbrow was a highly-touted player coming out of high school. The junior made an impact as a true freshman, ranking second on the team with 413 yards rushing. In his sophomore season, he shared carries with Jerron Seymour and Wesley Tate, finishing with 341 yards rushing and three touchdowns. In 2014, expect Kimbrow to share carries with Seymour. This should be a breakout season for Kimbrow.

4. Caleb Azubike

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4. Caleb Azubike

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Caleb Azubike was part of a five-player rotation at the defensive end position for the Commodores last season. After playing as a true freshman, Azubike made an impact as reserve player in his sophomore season. He finished the 2013 season with 31 total tackles and shared the team lead with four sacks. Expect the 6-foot-4 junior to be a vital part of a defense that looks to replace many key starters.

3. Darreon Herring

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3. Darreon Herring

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The Commodores lost a lot of starters on the defensive side of the ball, but they return several key players who made an impact last season. Herring was one of the Commodores' top performers last season. The junior finished his sophomore season with 84 total tackles, ranking second on the team. The inside linebacker is very athletic and loves to hit. Expect him to have another great season in 2014.

2. Jordan Cunningham

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2. Jordan Cunningham

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Jordan Cunningham may have the biggest shoes to fill out of any player for the Commodores. The sophomore will come into the 2014 season looking to replace one of the nation's best wide receivers from last season in Jordan Matthews. In 2013, Cunningham was one of three true freshmen to see action on the offensive side of the ball. Look for Cunningham to be one of the Commodores' go-to receivers in 2014.

1. Patton Robinette

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1. Patton Robinette

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Patton Robinette will come into the 2014 season as the probable starter at quarterback. Robinette looks to replace last year's starter Austyn Carta-Samuels. As a redshirt freshman last season, Robinette earned three starts and helped guide the Commodores to a come-from-behind win over the Georgia Bulldogs. He should have no problem transitioning to full-time starter after gaining experience during the 2013 season.

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