There is some hope in Nashville heading into the 2016 season for the Vanderbilt Commodores.

In two seasons, head coach Derek Mason has compiled a 7-17 record. While it certainly isn't where the head coach wants the program to be, Vandy has made some strides -- particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

Looking at the year ahead, Vanderbilt will return its starting quarterback (Kyle Shurmur), its top running back (Ralph Webb), and its best pass-catching threat (Trent Sherfield).

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Additionally, the Commodores added a host of talented recruits from the '16 class. Joejuan Williams and Zaire Jones in particular look primed to impact right away.

The official Vanderbilt Football Twitter account posted this close-and-personal video of the program as it starts its spring session. With the talent coming back, look for the Commodores to improve upon their 4-8 finish from a year ago.