Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason lost tailback Brian Kimbrow back in October. On Wednesday night, he lost another high-profile runner - Jerron Seymour.
Seymour led the team in rushing last season when he gained 716 yards on 164 carries. He was one of the team's biggest red zone threats after scoring 14 touchdowns in James Franklin's last season in Nashville. Now, he's been dismissed from the team after an unspecified violation of team rules.
Seymour had been suspended for Vanderbilt's game against Charleston Southern for another undisclosed violation. There is no evidence that suggests the two disciplinary actions are related, but details revolving around Seymour's dismissal are still scarce.
That will leave redshirt freshman Ralph Webb and true freshman Dallas Rivers to carry the load in the team's backfield for their final two games. Webb has already set the Vandy freshman rushing record with 838 yards. Rivers, who has filled the role of power back as Seymour's playing time decreased late in the season, has 184 yards of his own.
Seymour's departure means that Vanderbilt will finish the 2014 season without their top passer from 2013 (Austyn Carta-Samuels), their top three runners (Seymour, Wesley Tate, Brian Kimbrow), and their top four receivers (Jordan Matthews, Jonathan Krause, Tate, and Seymour). That's a lot of production for a young team to replace, especially under the auspice of a new offensive scheme.
There's no word yet on where Seymour will end up. He certainly has the talent to land at another FBS program. His dismissal - and prior suspension - suggests that he may not have the discipline.