Unfortunately, the Commodores lost more than a game against Stanford on Saturday. The team’s top running back, Re’Mahn Davis announced on Instagram that he will undergo season-ending surgery due to a torn ligament in his toe.
“My time here at Vanderbilt has been spent putting in hard work both on and off of the field. That hard work has been shown this season but has not come without struggles. Unfortunately, my season has been cut short due to recent injuries requiring season-ending surgery. With that being said, I am excited to support my teammates as they continue the season and look forward to their success,” Davis wrote on his Instagram account.
The loss is a huge blow to a position group that was already thin. Davis, who transferred to Vandy from Temple, led the Commodores with 211 yards on 44 carries through the first three games. He was easily having his best game of the season through the first half against Stanford, rushing for 76 yards on 12 carries while scoring his first (and only) touchdown of the season before suffering the undisclosed injury. While Davis tried to return and play through it, he was finally shut down in the second half wearing a protective boot on the sideline.
It appears sophomore Rocko Griffin will now be the primary running back for the Commodores, who had a breakthrough game of his own against Stanford in rushing for a game high 107 yards on 19 carries. That brought his total to 131 yards on 28 carries through the first three games. Next in line is true freshman Patrick Smith, who only has four carries for 17 yards on the season. Also on the roster are another pair of true freshman running backs: James Ziglor and Dylan Betts-Pauley. Ziglor, who was actually recruited to play defensive back, had two carries for eight yards against Stanford for his first action of the season while Betts-Pauley has yet to receive a carry.