Injuries continue to mount for Commodores

Injuries continue to mount for Vanderbilt's football team. At his Monday press conference, head coach Bobby Johnson said that starting right guard Brian Kovolisky will definitely miss the Florida game, and may not play again this season.

Injuries continue to mount for Vanderbilt's football team.  At his Monday press conference, head coach Bobby Johnson said that starting right guard Brian Kovolisky will definitely miss Saturday's game against Florida, and may not play again this season.

"It's pretty tough when you are looking around every week trying to figure out who is going to be able to play and what position they are going to be able to play," said Johnson. "I'm proud of the way our guys hang in there while playing hurt."

Kovolisky did not play in Saturday's 30-8 loss due to Alabama due to the injury.  The 6-7, 272-pound sophomore had started the season at right tackle, but had moved to right guard after a season-ending injury to Jordan Pettit in the Georgia Tech game.

True freshman Mac Pyle played Saturday in place of Kovolisky, and Johnson praised Pyle's efforts.  "Mac was way too hard on himself [in an article Monday's Tennessean]," said Johnson.  "He was taking the blame for the whole game. He's young and wants to do well. He wants to prove that he can play, which he can. He will be a very good football player for us."

Starting outside linebacker Moses Osemwegie, who has battled with injuries all season, suffered another significant injury in the Alabama game.  With under two minutes left in the game the 6-0, 220-pound freshman injured his ankle, and had to be helped from the field.  He is doubtful for the Florida game.

Vanderbilt (2-7) faces Ron Zook's Florida Gators (6-3) Saturday in a 1:00 p.m. game at Vanderbilt Stadium.  The game will not be televised in Middle Tennessee.

A number of other Commodores are working to overcome injuries in preparation for Saturday's game against Florida, including Cheron Thompson (ankle), Mike Martin (hamstring), and Dominique Morris.

To read a transcript of Johnson's Monday press conference, click here.


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