Vanderbilt loses starting LT to season-ending injury
The Vanderbilt Commodores are expected to finish at the bottom of the SEC in 2015, and recent injuries sustained to two projected starters are not helping their cause this season. A week ago, the Commodores announced wide receiver C.J. Duncan was lost for the year due to a lower leg injury. Duncan was first on the team in YPC (15.87) and second in receiving yards (441) last season as a redshirt freshman.
Today, news came out that Vandy has also lost starting left tackle Andrew Jelks to a “non-contact leg injury”. Words ‘non-contact’ and ‘leg-injury’ are never a good thing combined in one sentence. Jelks injury is a huge loss to this team as he started 22 games the past two seasons and was considered the “anchor” of the offensive line.
“I’m really disappointed for Andrew because he’s such a fine young man,” head coach Derek Mason said in a statement. “Andrew was having an excellent camp and was looking forward to having a big year. He’s a tremendous talent who commands respect throughout the locker room. Andrew’s a dedicated, hard worker and I know he will come back even stronger.
Vanderbilt will not have long to recover, as they take on Western Kentucky in the first game of the season on Thursday Sept. 3rd at home, but follow that up nine days later when they host top 10 opponent Georgia. Good luck this season Commodore fans.
Dan Schalk covers NCAAF for MyFantasySportsTalk, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk.