The bye week wasn't long enough to get Patton Robinette healthy.
Robinette, Vanderbilt's presumptive starter at quarterback, will miss his fourth straight game due to the lingering effects of a concussion suffered against South Carolina. In his place, the Commodores will turn to either redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary or true freshman Wade Freebeck against Missouri this weekend.
Freebeck has started games against UMass, Kentucky, Georgia, and Charleston Southern this season, but was replaced in that last contest in favor of McCrary. McCrary responded to his promotion in a big way, throwing for 169 yards on 16 attempts and leading the 'Dores to 18 second-quarter points in a 21-20 win. That was a major turnaround from his only other performance of the season, a three-pass, two-interception game against Temple in the season opener.
In more optimistic injury news, strong safety Oren Burks is slated to return to active duty on Saturday. Burks had not suited up since September 13th after suffering an undisclosed lower body injury. He's listed as the team's backup at SS, behind veteran Jahmel McIntosh. One more major change will affect the starting secondary as well. Taurean Ferguson has been elevated to starting cornerback after previous starter Paris Head decided to leave the program last week.
Additionally, Darrius Sims, who has spent much of his Vandy career on the defensive side of the ball and who also has a pick-six for the 'Dores this season, is now listed as a running back. We'll see if that increases his touches against the Tigers. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯