Vanderbilt is losing a pair of players for the 2018 season.
Linebacker Jay Hockaday is leaving the Commodores, according to Adam Sparks of the Tennessean, while punter Sam Loy announced his decision to exit the program on Twitter last Thursday.
Hockaday, a redshirt sophomore, saw game action for Vanderbilt early in the season, but he was limited due to injuries over the final six weeks. He totaled five tackles, including three in a loss to Alabama on Sept. 23.
Hockaday missed the entire 2016 season due to injury, but played on special teams as a freshman in 2015.
Loy, a sophomore, just completed his second season as Vanderbilt’s punter. He averaged 40.2 yards on 64 punts this past season. He had 14 punts land inside the opponents’ 20-yard line and had eight punts of 50 or more yards.
With Loy’s departure, the Commodores will have a special teams role that they will need to fill next season.
Loy said in his post on Twitter that he will return to California to train and begin exploring options for the next step of his career.
— Sam Loy (@samloy19) December 15, 2017