NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt tight end DeAndre Woods has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, according to Commodores coach Derek Mason.
Speaking with the media on Tuesday afternoon, Mason also noted that linebacker Nigel Bowden (concussion) is “doubtful” for this weekend’s game against No. 3 Ole Miss.
Woods, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, has caught seven passes for 129 yards in three games.
“DeAndre Woods is done for the season,” Mason said. “He tore his ACL, and with that, we lose a really good tight end who’s really starting to come into his own.
“It comes back to being able to adapt and adjust. Our guys are always looking to cheer our guys on, make sure our guys understand that they do have family around ’em. These things happen. By the same token, the season presses on. Next man up.”
Mason added that Woods will be a big-play guy when he returns next year.
“We saw some really good things out of DeAndre,” he said. “He was starting to be a factor in our offense, a target that was dependable … I think when he comes back, he’s gonna be a really good player.”