One of Vanderbilt's top defensive players, junior linebacker Chris Marve, won't participate in the Commodores' Black & Gold Scrimmage on Saturday and is scheduled to undergo arthoscopic shoulder surgery on Monday.
Marve finished second in the SEC with 121 tackles last season. The shoulder injury has lingered for the last couple of years, and the decision was made to go ahead and clean it up now and not take a chance on bumping up against preseason practice.
The Commodores expect Marve to be full-go by the start of summer workouts. He's an extremely important piece of that Vanderbilt defense and one of the strongest leaders on the team.
Speaking of leaders, senior defensive end Theron Kadri has enjoyed the finest spring of his career. He's one of those guys who could break out and have a big senior season.