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Vanderbilt loses another starter for season with LT Andrew Jelks' injury
Vanderbilt Commodores

Vanderbilt loses another starter for season with LT Andrew Jelks' injury

Published Aug. 20, 2015 5:02 p.m. ET

The Vanderbilt Commodores have just lost one of their key contributors for the season as junior offensive tackle Andrew Jelks suffered a knee injury in Wednesday's practice. Jelks had been penciled in as the team's starting left tackle in offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig's new scheme. 

A former Freshman All-American in 2013, Jelks had started the previous 21 games for the Commodores at either left or right tackle. Replacing the 6-foot-6, 307-pound lineman now becomes a key concentration for Vanderbilt, as Jelks was expected to keep the quarterback's blindside protected in 2015. 

“I’m really disappointed for Andrew because he’s such a fine young man,” head coach Derek Mason told the Tennessean. “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,” Mason said. “We definitely have players on our roster that can fill the void left by Andrew’s departure."

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(h/t Tennessean)

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