For a program that needs all the help it can get, this is not good news.
According to Adam Sparks of the Tennessean, Vanderbilt All-American offensive tackle Andrew Jelks will miss the entire 2015 season after suffering a knee injury during 11-on-11 drills in Wednesday’s practice.
“I’m really disappointed for Andrew because he’s such a fine young man,” head coach Derek Mason said in a media release. “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.
“It’s time for others to step up and claim a more substantial role in the success of our offense. We definitely have players on our roster that can fill the void left by Andrew’s departure.”
Jelks (6-foot-6, 307 lbs.), a redshirt junior, has 22 career starts (12 in 2014) and was listed as the team’s starting left tackle, was among the team’s “top performers” and “locker room leaders,” according to Mason.
Redshirt freshman Bailey Granier is listed as the No. 2 left tackle (OurLads.com).