Vandy loses key receiver for the year

C.J. Duncan will miss the 2015 season. (AP)

C.J. Duncan will miss the 2015 season. (AP)

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason announced on Wednesday that the Commodores will be without sophomore receiver C.J. Duncan, who was lost for the season with a leg injury. Duncan was injured on a special teams drill at the end of Tuesday’s practice.

Duncan was a key contributor in the Vanderbilt offense last season as a redshirt freshman, hauling in a team-high four touchdown passes to go with 441 yards on 28 receptions. He was competing for a starting job this season, Mason said.

Duncan’s injury adds to Vanderbilt’s woes. The Commodores suffered a major setback last season following the departure of coach James Franklin, finishing 0-8 in conference play on the way to a 3-9 record.

Vanderbilt’s quest to rebuild its program begins Sept. 3 with a Thursday night matchup against Western Kentucky in Nashville. The Commodores’ SEC opener is the following weekend when they host Georgia on Sept. 12.

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