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How recruiting can help Vanderbilt improve its offensive line

A look at Vanderbilt's biggest position of need for 2016 and how the Commodores are addressing it in recruiting:

Biggest need: In 2015 the Commodores paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher (running back Ralph Webb finished with 1,152) but aside from that, there were struggles on Vanderbilt's offensive line. A torn ACL that took Andrew Jelks -- the Commodores' starting left tackle -- out of the lineup for the balance of the season was a blow to the group.

In November, the Commodores had two freshmen work their way into the starting lineup (right guard Bruno Reagan and right tackle Bailey Granier) and they'll lose left guard Jake Bernstein and center Spencer Pulley to graduation. Even though Jelks should return to the starting lineup, new Vanderbilt offensive line coach Cameron Norcross will be left with an interesting mix up front, needing to replace two interior linemen, but with two seniors returning with starting experience (Jelks and Will Holden, who started at left tackle in Jelks' place this year).

The Commodores could use more quality depth up front to help improve offensive production, particularly in SEC play. -- Sam Khan Jr.

Recruiting scoop: The Commodores' offensive line gave up 28 sacks last season, while the Vanderbilt rushing attack produced only nine offensive touchdowns, second worst in the SEC. Head coach Derek Mason scoured the country to get offensive linemen that fit what Vanderbilt likes to do. The Commodores have commitments from three offensive linemen, including sixth-ranked center and Hawaii native Sean Auwae, three-star offensive tackle from Georgia Devin Cochran and another three-star tackle from Houston, Texas, Braden Kopp.

While none of these guys are in the ESPN 300, they all have the size and athletic ability that Mason is looking for and with a year or two of college development should compete for playing time. -- Derek Tyson