The Vanderbilt Commodores will be without starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels when they take on the Houston Cougars in the BBVA Compass Bowl on January 4.
Carta-Samuels was injured during the Commodores 31-27 upset victory over the Georgia Bulldogs on October 19. He missed the next two games, a 56-24 loss to the Texas A&M Aggies and a 34-17 victory over the Florida Gators. He returned in a 22-6 win over the Kentucky Wildcats on November 16 and then led the Commodores to a 14-10 victory over the rival Tennessee Volunteers on November 23 and a 23-21 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on November 30.
On Monday, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin told the media the injury Carta-Samuels suffered in the Georgia game was a torn ACL and he has since had surgery to correct the problem.
“That guy made the ultimate commitment to his team,” Franklin told the Associated Press.
On the season, Carta-Samuels went 193-of-281 for 2,268 yards with 11 touchdowns through the air, five on the ground and nine interceptions.
As for Carta-Samuels’ return?
“He’s had his surgery and will be back for pro day,” Franklin said.
Had Carta-Samuels attempted to play in the bowl game, he would not have been able to participate in pro day. The Commodores did not want to jeopardize any potential professional career.
Freshman Patton Robinette, who made two starts with Carta-Samuels out, will start the bowl. He completed 40 of 69 passes for 488 yards with touchdowns and three interceptions and rushed for another six touchdowns this season.