Carta-Samuels gave Vandy everything

It is really kind of difficult to define what Austyn Carta-Samuels did during his Vanderbilt career using nothing but pure numbers. With the recent news that Carta-Samuels will miss the BBVA Compass Bowl, the game that would have been his last as a Commodore, his time as a 'Dore is over.

Some would say that Carta-Samuels time in Nashville was a little disappointing given the level of hype he came in with. To them I would point to his leadership, spirit, and play when healthy as proof that the 6-foot-1 Californian was an integral part of the James Franklin led program over the last three years. The Wyoming transfer certainly had to bide his time before getting the starting nod, but not once did you hear him complaining behind the scenes as last year he watched Jordan Rodgers take Vanderbilt to a new level.

This year was supposed to be the year where Carta-Samuels made his own mark, and carved out his own legacy, in the black and gold. The problem was that for various reasons he just could not stay healthy. When he was on the field Carta-Samuels was both efficient and effective. He completed his passes in 2013 at a rate of 69 percent for over 2,200 yards. You have to think that both of these numbers would have been improved if not for the nagging injury issues which took away his mobility and forced him to be a sitting duck in the pocket at times.

A great example of what Carta-Samuels could have been for Vanderbilt is found in the last few minutes of the Tennessee game. After nursing a conservative game plan for the first 58 or so minutes of the contest Franklin took the shackles off as the 'Dores needed a touchdown late. Instead of platooning with Patton Robinette as he had all game, Carta-Samuels was let loose and immediately found his rhythm with Jordan Matthews and driving for the score. His dedication to the team shone through as he was replaced by Robinette for the final play of the drive, but was seen immediately after the touchdown running down the sideline to celebrate with anyone who was interested.

We have since found out that Carta-Samuels played in this game, and every other since October 19th, with a torn ACL. The level of toughness it takes to play any sport with this injury is off of the charts, I have had one and it sucks, and by putting off surgery to finish off the season Carta-Samuels proved himself to be a Commodore through and through.

2013 VU 281 193 2268 9 11 68.7 143.0
2012 VU 25 14 208 0 1 56.0 139.1
2010 WY 252 153 1702 8 9 61.1 123.3
2009 WY 326 191 1953 5 10 58.6 116.9
TOTAL8845516,131223162.3130.6 (avg) Top Stories