Injuries taking major toll on Vanderbilt's season
TE Austin Monahan suffered a season-ending ACL Oct. 17 against Georgia. S Ryan Hamilton (torn pectoral muscle) and OT James Williams (broken ankle) have not played since being injured Sept. 12 against LSU. Three weeks ago at Army, LB Tristan Strong suffered a season-ending knee injury. In all, 12 Commodores are out for the season or have missed a significant portion of the season with injuries.
To make things worse, Vanderbilt is the only school in the SEC and one of only nine nationally that will play on 12 consecutive Saturdays this season - without an off week.
"There's been a bunch, for injuries and other reasons, we've lost a great many of players that we were counting on this year,'' Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson said. "One other year, I think when I was a head coach at Furman, we had a similar year with probably about the same results. But it's a situation where somebody has to step up and take the place of those players you were counting on and you have to try to prepare them as best you can when that happens. You try to dig deep down in your depth, or lack of depth, and try to get some players ready to go.''
Vanderbilt will play at Florida, Saturday at 7:15 p.m., on ESPN2.