Vanderbilt will have its starting quarterback on Saturday when the team travels from Music City, USA to Lexington, Ky.; however, he will play with a protective eye shield.
Kyle Shurmur, Vandy’s leading passer and starter in 10 of the last 11 games, was poked in the eye in the fourth quarter of the Florida game last weekend. Backup Wade Freebeck was called on to finish the game and there was some concern that Shurmur would be out against Kentucky.
Well yesterday, Vandy head coach Derek Mason said Shurmur will be able to go against the Cats, but he will wear a protective eye shield to prevent further injury to his right eye. The shield will be a clear facemask shield, but it’s much funnier to think he will play with a pirate patch.
Shurmur went 13-26 for 166 yards and two touchdowns against Kentucky last season in his third career start as a true freshman.