Vandy suffers 'big blow' to offensive line

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James Williams started two games at right tackle for Vanderbilt in 2009 before suffering a season-ending ankle injury against LSU.

Unfortunately for the Commodores’ offensive line, Williams will not be able to return in 2010.  And not due to any lingering effects of the broken ankle.

According to The Tennessean, the redshirt junior will no longer be a member of the football team due to academic issues.  Head coach Bobby Johnson said the loss of Williams puts a serious dent in his team’s already-thin line.

“Obviously it’s a very big blow,” Johnson told the paper. “James was a very good player for us, even though we only had him for just a little bit of time last year.

“We’re not in a situation where we could afford any kind of attrition on the offensive line, but it’s happened and we have to move forward.”

Johnson added that the school will help Williams, who has two years of eligibility remaining, “go somewhere else” and “help another program.”