Opposition Danger Men: Tennessee & WFU
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Rajion Neal
Rajion Neal

Posted Jun 27, 2013


We have reached the final part of our opposition danger men preview. These players are the ones who can take over on a Saturday if they are not properly game planned for and each has the potential to be a real thorn in the side of the Vanderbilt when game time rolls around. The last two games on the schedule see Vandy take on rival Tennessee and then host Wake Forest.

We have reached the final part of our opposition danger men preview. These players are the ones who can take over on a Saturday if they are not properly game planned for and each has the potential to be a real thorn in the side of the Vanderbilt when game time rolls around. The last two games on the schedule see Vandy take on SEC and instate rival Tennessee and then one of those random end of season matchups with Wake Forest.

Tennessee - Rajion Neal - RB

Tennessee is a team in total transition entering 2013. Butch Jones will be bringing in a no-huddle spread offense which is high powered on paper but which will be using players recruited for a different system by a different regime. With Tyler Bray and Cordarrelle Patterson gone to the NFL, the Vols are painfully short of proven playmakers in the skill positions entering camp. One of the few remaining proven commodities is running back Raijon Neal, and with the Tennessee defense being lit up for most of last year he is almost by default the guy to watch out for.

Neal was on pace for an impressive season in 2012 before a midseason ankle injury stopped him in his tracks. Up to that point Neal had run for over 700 yards and five touchdowns and gave a sense of balance to a Tennessee attack which all too often late in the season relied on Bray gunning the ball or Patterson making something happen on special teams. The 5-11, 211 pound Neal has speed to burn in the open field and is a very effective pass catcher coming out of the backfield.

Wake Forest - Michael Campanaro - WR

When a wide receiver leads his team in every measurable statistic at his position he has to be their player to watch. In 2012 he had 79 grabs for 763 yards and six touchdowns and this fall could well be even more productive as Wake returns the vast majority of its offense. Campanaro and quarterback Tanner Price have established a major connection, and if Price can improve on his 12 touchdown passes last fall then you would have to assume Campanaro will be on the end of the majority of them.

At only 5-foot-9, 180 pounds the converted running back is not going to scare anyone with his size, but he fits the mold of that versatile guy who is a matchup problem. He will be used all over the field in multiple sets trying to match up the faster Campanaro on a linebacker or safety. His deceivingly fast speed, he runs a 4.37 40, means that you have to make first up tackles or be in for a long day. Also watch for him to take motion handoffs to use that speed out wide.


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