2013's rebuilding effort on the defensive line just got a bit tougher. The Tennessean's Jeff Lockridge reported today that junior defensive tackle Jared Morse, who started six games in 2012, is no longer a Commodore.
Morse broke an unspecified rule and now is no longer enrolled at Vanderbilt. However, according to coach James Franklin, there are avenues for him to return to the team this fall. "Jared broke a team rule and is not here this spring," Franklin told Lockridge. "We're hoping that Jared will have a chance to come back. We'll see."
The run-stopping veteran would have likely been a full-time starter in 2013. His rotation-mates Rob Lohr and Colt Nichter will both graduate this spring. Sophomores Vince Taylor and Barron Dixon will have the first crack at earning the playing time that Morse has vacated. Younger players like Torey Agee, Lardarius Banks, and former OL Adam Butler will also have a chance to prove themselves this spring. Jay Woods, a four-star recruit in 2013, will also add more depth to the position this fall.
Morse's departure is a big loss for the Commodores, but they have the depth to soften the blow. He's the third player under Franklin to leave the team due to rule violations, behind Mylon Brown and Logan Stewart.