Vanderbilt loses tight end to season-ending knee injury

Friday, August 13, 2010 at 4:14pm

MRI results on Vanderbilt junior tight end Austin Monahan revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Coach Robbie Caldwell said Monahan will miss the entire season.

This is now the third season in a row that has ended early for Monahan. In 2009, he missed the final six games with a torn ACL in his left knee. In 2008, he did not play in the final nine games due to a fractured shoulder. 

“It’s really sad for Austin because he’d worked so hard to return at full speed,” Caldwell said. “I know how disappointed he is. For this to happen for a third straight year is just very unfortunate.”

Sophomore running back Zac Stacy, who hurt his left knee the play after Monahan was injured, was diagnosed with a knee sprain, which will keep him out three-five weeks.

Vanderbilt’s season opener against Northwestern is on September 4 -- three weeks from Saturday.
“You hate it any time one of your guys is injured, but it also creates opportunity for other guys on the team,” Caldwell said. “Some of our players need to look at this as their opportunity.”