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Thursday, November 19, 2009
Vanderbilt's Lewis to miss Tennessee game

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Vanderbilt, which has been riddled with injuries all season, will be without senior cornerback Myron Lewis when the Commodores close out their season Saturday at Tennessee.

Lewis suffered meniscus damage to his knee last week in the Kentucky game and won’t play against the Vols, Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson said Wednesday following practice. Lewis has been unable to practice this week and will undergo surgery sometime in the next week.

One of the top cornerbacks in the SEC, Lewis ends his Vanderbilt career with 10 interceptions. His 10 picks tie him for second among active players in the league along with Kentucky’s Trevard Lindley.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Lewis probably didn't get the publicity that he deserved this season, in part because the Commodores had such a tough season on the field. But he's a terrific talent and will be heard from at the next level. He has great size and speed, and the coaches on Vanderbilt's staff think he's an even better NFL prospect than D.J. Moore, who was taken in the fourth round of the draft last year.

Lewis, who had four interceptions this season, is just the latest in a long line of Vanderbilt players to go down with an injury.

The Commodores (2-9, 0-7) have been without senior safety and team captain Ryan Hamilton since the second game of the season when he tore a pectoral muscle.

Quarterback Larry Smith, defensive end Steven Stone, running back Jared Hawkins, running back Zac Stacy and offensive tackle James Williams are among the other starters who’ve either been lost for the season or have missed multiple games.

And during the spring, Vanderbilt lost its leading returning wide receiver, Justin Wheeler, to a knee injury.

Linebacker Patrick Benoist, the second leading tackler on the team, is also in question for the Tennessee game. He suffered a concussion last week against Kentucky.