The Vanderbilt Commodores and first year head coach Derek Mason have dismissed yet another player from their roster and this time it’s running back Jerron Seymour. The athletic department and school spokesman Larry Leathers cited “unspecified violation of team rules,” and no further details have surfaced.
After a sophomore season in which he ran for 716 yards and 14 touchdowns, Seymour has been almost irrelevant to the Commodores offense and most of it has stemmed from a suspension back in mid-October for the team’s game against Charleston Southern. Details never surfaced surrounding his first offense, but the suspension bled into recent weeks which led to Mason deciding not to play Seymour versus Florida.
Still, in limited action, Seymour rushed for 123 yards on 25 carries and showed signs of what made him so effective a season ago. The loss, however, isn’t overly significant for the team, seeing as they have only used him sparingly throughout the season. Nonetheless, the coaching staff felt Seymour was detrimental to the team and will join Brian Kimbrow as the second running back kicked off of the Vanderbilt squad. Seymour, a fourth year junior, has elected to stay in school and will graduate this May.
The change at head coach seems to have affected the 3-7 Commodores- who has been rather horrible all season. Losing former head James Franklin to Penn State definitely hurt the structure of the team and has forced the program to rebuild. Despite winning three games, all of the team’s wins have come against inferior opponents and a difficult contest against the No. 4 Mississippi State Bulldogs awaits followed by Vanderbilt’s final game of the season versus Tennessee. The Commodores will likely finish their season in the cellar of the SEC and could be there for many seasons to come.
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