Sunday, September 13, 2009

Commodores suffer key losses

by Barca Blog - Head football coach Bobby Johnson commented on the injuries to sophomore right tackle James Williams and senior safety Ryan Hamilton following the Commodores' 23-9 loss at LSU.

"James has a broken ankle," Johnson told Joe Fisher during Vanderbilt's postgame radio show. "That's just tough for him because he's worked so hard to be ready to play this year. He was doing a really fine job. Somebody is going to have to step up and take over.

"On Ryan, I'm really afraid that he may be hurt significantly, but we'll just see how it goes. I think his bicep is hurt. If it's torn, I don't know how long that would be, if he comes back at all."

Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Caleb Welchans replaced Williams in the late third quarter while seniors Joel Caldwell and Brent Trice spent time at safety for the entire second half. Defensive starters Sean Richardson, Jamie Graham, and Patrick Benoist also suffered injuries but later returned to action.

With major gaps to fill, especially in the secondary, Johnson had to dig deep into his bench throughout the game.

“We were jerry-rigging that thing (on defense)," Johnson added. "We had linebackers at safety and safeties at linebacker... and we had a freshman playing corner (Eddie Foster). You don’t have a long shelf life when you are doing that. LSU caught up with it and did a good job of controlling the ball. They kept us off the field offensively and that was the ballgame.”

To listen to complete postgame interviews, click here.

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