Exactly eight days ago today, Vanderbilt announced that C.J. Duncan sustained a lower-leg injury that was serious enough to cost the wide receiver the entire 2015 season. Unfortunately, a similar announcement was in the offing for that side of the ball.
Vandy announced Thursday that Andrew Jelks sustained a non-specified knee injury during an 11-on-11 practice session Wednesday night. As a result, the offensive lineman will all of the upcoming season.
“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.
“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 has started 22 games the past two seasons. He started 10 during his first on-field season with the Commodores, Jelks started 10 games in earning Freshman All-America honors. He followed that up by starting at 12 games at left tackle in 2014.
Prior to the injury, he was again expected to anchor the left side of Vandy’s line.