It’s getting to be the time of year when players start declaring their intentions to move on from the Vanderbilt football program. Today, it was OL Bailey Granier, who announced via Twitter that he would be taking advantage of the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule to play his final year of eligibility elsewhere.
Very thankful for everything that Vanderbilt has afforded me. At this time I have received my release and look forward to next year and the opportunities ahead! Excited for what the future has in store for me! pic.twitter.com/D9popz1rPk— Bailey Paul Granier (@BaileyGranier75) December 11, 2017
Granier started two games at right tackle in place of injured starter Devin Cochran, and started three as a redshirt freshman in 2015. That’s been the extent of Granier’s starting experience, though he’s seen plenty of action as a reserve offensive lineman over the last three seasons.
Granier leaving means that Vanderbilt will have to lean on younger players like Cole Clemens, who saw playing time as a true freshman in 2017, and Bryce Bailey, who redshirted this season. Of course, that might have happened either way, and in any case Cochran and Justin Skule seemed to have the starting tackle spots secured by the end of the season.