Vanderbilt QB Austyn Carta-Samuels (knee) won't play in bowl

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Austyn Carta-Samuels will miss the bowl game after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn ACL.  (USATSI)
Austyn Carta-Samuels will miss the bowl game after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL. (USATSI)

Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels played the final three games of the regular season with a torn ACL, but underwent surgery after the season and will miss the Commodores bowl game.

James Franklin revealed Monday that Carta-Samuels tore his ACL against Georgia on Oct. 19. The senior quarterback missed two games, but returned to action to help lead the team to wins against Kentucky, Tennessee and Wake Forest.

According to Franklin, Carta-Samuels underwent surgery shortly after the season.

More details, via the Associated Press:

Franklin said doctors cleared Carta-Samuels to play with a brace after some rehabilitation. The senior then started the final three games as the Commodores beat Kentucky, Tennessee in Knoxville and Wake Forest to finish 8-4 in the regular season a second straight year.

When asked about the seriousness of his injury in November, Carta-Samuels said only that he couldn't hurt his knee any further by playing. He was on crutches Dec. 8 when Vanderbilt's bowl destination was announced and declined to comment on whether he had had surgery.

The decision go ahead with surgery will allow Carta-Samuels to be back for the school's pro day, usually held in March. Freshman quarterback Patton Robinette will start at quarterback for the Commodores' appearance in the BBVA Compass Bowl against Houston.

Carta-Samuels completed more than 70 percent of his passes after the injury to lead Vanderbilt to a 8-4 finish, locking up the program's third straight bowl bid for the first time in school history. The senior finished the season with 2,268 yards passing on 68.7 percent passing with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

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