Jeffers-Harris' career never gets off the ground

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Terence Jeffers-Harris, we hardly knew you.

His bid to gain eligibility came up short this summer, and Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson announced following practice Monday night that Jeffers-Harris would not be playing for the Commodores.

Jeffers-Harris, who sat out last season after transferring from Connecticut, was not eligible under NCAA rules, according to Johnson.

"Obviously, he's a very good player. But unless you've got him out there playing, he's no good for you," Johnson said of the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Jeffers-Harris, who was one of Vanderbilt's top playmakers during the spring. "He's going to have to go elsewhere. I would think he needs to transfer. I don't think he's ready to go pro, in my opinion."

It's certainly a blow for the Commodores to lose a player the caliber of Jeffers-Harris, but Johnson sounded like he was almost braced for it a couple of weeks ago at the SEC media days. Jeffers-Harris wasn't even included in the media guide. So, obviously, this is not a huge surprise for Johnson and his staff.

What it means for some of the other receivers on the team, none of them proven, is that the race is on to become the Commodores' go-to guy.

Right now, they don't have one.

The door is wide open for John Cole, Alex Washington, Udom Umoh and Tray Herndon, a transfer from Minnesota.

Jeffers-Harris is the second key cog in the passing game the Commodores have lost. Fifth-year senior Justin Wheeler went down with a knee injury in the spring, ending his Vanderbilt career. He started 10 games a year ago.

Jamie Graham, who moved over to defensive back, may end up doing a D.J. Moore impersonation and playing both ways this season.