Vanderbilt short on wide receivers at second practice

Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 7:47pm

After one day of formal workouts, Vanderbilt’s football team was short of players who can go long.

Three wide receivers – sophomore Udom Umoh and redshirt-freshmen John Cole and Akeem Dunham – all were held out of Saturday’s practice session.

Cole and Dunham both had hamstring injuries. Neither was considered severe, but no timetable was set for either to return to practice.

“John landed wrong after a great catch … and pulled his a little bit,” coach Bobby Johnson said. “Akeem was running a deep one and pulled it.

“You just never know. Hamstrings are probably the most unpredictable injury you can have. So until the trainers tell us they can go out there, I have no idea when they’ll get back.”

Umoh was held out with what Johnson called “a sore shoulder.”

Adding to the issues at that position was the fact that junior Terence Jeffers-Harris, a transfer from Connecticut who sat out last year, was not on the practice field.

Jeffers-Harris, UConn’s leading receiver in 2007, was ineligible in the spring due to an issue with transfer credits worked throughout the summer to try to correct the situation. He completed the university’s second summer session on Friday and wore his jersey as he watched that evening’s workout.

Johnson declined to address Jeffers-Harris’ status Saturday, but said he will make an announcement in the coming days.