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Vanderbilt releases depth chart for MTSU game; few surprises

There was no suspense over who’d start the season at quarterback.

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The most surprising thing about the depth chart for the MTSU game on Saturday was the exclusion of expected starting safety Zaire Jones, but that was quickly explained away by his suspension from the team for a “disciplinary issue.” The Tennessean later revealed the specific “disciplinary issue”: an arrest last Thursday for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is a very odd way of describing this:

According to a Vanderbilt University Police Department arrest affidavit, at about 6:43 p.m. that day Jones was attempting to drive around a traffic barricade on Vanderbilt Place at 29th Avenue South when he was stopped by off-duty police officer Charles Harrison.

Harrison, the affidavit states, was working the road closure for Apex security and had his badge and firearm plainly visible.

As Harrison tried to figure out where Jones was trying to go, Jones “refused to completely stop and struck Harrison on the left knee with the front left corner of Jones’ vehicle,” the affidavit reads.

Jones failed to stop the vehicle, drove off and parked at 2818 Vanderbilt Place, where police arrested him for aggravated assault, the affidavit states.

That... frankly sounds nothing like an aggravated assault, but all right then, Officer Harrison.

Anyway, aside from that, there were few surprises in Vanderbilt’s depth chart released today:

The closest thing to a surprise: Vanderbilt evidently hasn’t decided among KeShawn Vaughn, Khari Blasingame, and Jamauri Wakefield for starting running back. Going three-deep at most positions is great detail, and the “OR” designation for the backup long snapper is a nice touch. Couldn’t have opponents knowing who the backup long snapper is, I guess.