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Vandy DT rejoins team

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No longer with the team, or enrolled in school, as of March for violating team rules, Vanderbilt defensive tackle Jared Morse has found his way back to the Commodores.

James Franklin confirmed to the Tennessean on Thursday that Morse was back on the team and enrolled in summer classes.

“He’s back,” Franklin said. “He was not with us for a number of reasons, and he had some obligations that he had to fulfill. He fulfilled them and he’s back. To me, we’re in the business of educating kids on the field and off. And this was a great opportunity for Jared to kind of grow up, and he’s done that.

“We couldn’t be happier about it. I know he’s very, very appreciative of being back. You’re talking about a guy who’s played at least two years and been productive. And going through that experience, leaving and now coming back, he’s hungry, he’s humble, he’s motivated and he’s appreciative.”

Last season, Morse played in all 13 games, starting six. He finished fifth on the team with nine tackles for loss and should be in a position to compete for a starting job along Vandy’s defensive line as a senior this fall.

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1 Response to “Vandy DT rejoins team”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jun 21, 2013 3:41 PM

    Coach Franklin said the following:

    “To me, we’re in the business of educating kids on the field and off.”

    To me, off the field should certainly include the classroom. He has academic responsibilities which are far more important than any football related activity. To be clear, playing football also provides a learning experience such as sportsmanship and playing within the confines of a team. These carry over to life as well. But learning how to learn from reading and communicating thoughts to paper and orally is also critical. Don’t know how Jared Morse broke the rules but wish him well in his next attempt.

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