Vanderbilt defender Miles Capers to miss season with injured knee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt sophomore defensive end-linebacker Miles Capers will miss the season with an injured knee requiring surgery.

Coach Clark Lea announced Capers’ season-ending injury. From Sumter, South Carolina, Caper hurt a knee in practice this week.

“When our teammates hurt, we hurt, and we certainly hurt for Miles right now,” Lea said in a statement. “He has the full support of our program as he begins his journey back. Miles is part of the heartbeat of our program, and he will strengthen the team this fall through his presence and fighting spirit.”

The 6-foot-5 Capers played in the final four games last season and had three tackles. Capers was a three-star prospect coming out of high school and the 17th overall prospect in South Carolina.

Vanderbilt opens the season Aug. 27 in Hawaii.

Vanderbilt lineman Tyler Steen transferring to Alabama

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Vanderbilt offensive tackle Tyler Steen says he is transferring to Alabama.

The three-year starter, who played both tackle positions, announced his plans Tuesday on Twitter. Steen could immediately compete for a starting job in the fall with Alabama replacing left tackle Evan Neal and right tackle Chris Owens.

The Crimson Tide has already brought in former LSU cornerback Eli Ricks, former Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs and former Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton.

Steen’s father, Daris, is a former LSU player and retired Marine.

Alabama is set to finish up spring practice with Saturday’s A-Day scrimmage.

Vandy coach promotes Nick Howell to defensive coordinator

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea has announced Nick Howell as the Commodores’ new defensive coordinator weeks after hiring him as defensive backs coach.

Lea announced the promotion Wednesday. Howell replaces Jason Minter who left for the same job at Michigan.

“Nick brings a wealth of experience in the role of defensive coordinator, but more importantly, he is skilled at building an environment to drive the style of defense we want to see at Vanderbilt,” Lea said in a statement.

Lea originally hired Howell in January to coach defensive backs. Howell spent the past six seasons as defensive coordinator at Virginia. The Cavaliers had four bowl bids during Howell’s tenure, including the Orange Bowl.

Howell worked nine seasons at BYU going from a defensive intern to defensive coordinator with eight bowl games in that span. He started his coaching career in Utah at three high schools.

Vanderbilt begins spring practice March 16.