Vanderbilt Commodores redshirt sophomore wide receiver C.J. Duncan has suffered what is being described as a lower-leg injury and will miss the entire 2015 season. Duncan’s injury was announced via a statement from the university, which was reported by John Taylor of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk.
Vanderbilt head football coach Derek Mason also addressed Duncan’s injury.
“I know C.J. is disappointed with the injury, and we share his disappointment,” head coach Derek Mason said in a statement released through the school. “He’s one of our most versatile and proven offensive performers, but even more than that, C.J. is very much a team-oriented player. As he recuperates, C.J. will be an encouraging and helpful presence to the receiving corps.
“We have several talented receivers on the roster with the ability to contribute more significantly to our offense. We expect them to step up to this challenge.”
Duncan appeared in 11 games for the Commodores last season, starting nine of them, and pulled in 28 receptions for 441 yards and two touchdowns, good for second on the team. Since he is now on the shelf for a year, expect senior tight end Steven Scheu to play a greater role on offense than he did last year as Vanderbilt looks to improve upon Mason’s first season, in which the team went 3-9 (0-8 SEC).
Vanderbilt opens the season at home against Conference USA’s Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on September 3.
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