Redshirt freshman Patton Robinette will be Vanderbilt's starting quarterback on Saturday at Texas A&M.
Commodores coach James Franklin said today that Austyn Carta-Samuels is unavailable this week after the senior received a second opinion on the leg injury that he sustained in last week's 31-27 win over Georgia.
Franklin did not rule out Carta-Samuels returning before the season ends, but he did state that "Austyn is out and Patton is our starter until we feel like there is a chance where Austyn may be able to come back later in the season."
Robinette, a 6-foot-4 product of Maryville, played the last eight offensive series of the Georgia game and completed 9 of 15 passes for 107 yards after Carta-Samuels left in the second quarter. This will be his first start.
"I was told Austyn was getting a second opinion, and I didn't have the information (Wednesday) night," Franklin added. "I'm not going to get into the details or specifics of the injury because I don't do that.
"Patton is the starter. Josh Grady is the backup. And that's just for this game. There's always an open competition for every position, so Josh will have the ability to compete for the job. But Austyn, based on the information I have right now, is out this week and then we'll see what the future holds."
In seven games this season, Carta-Samuels connected on 65.5 percent of his attempts for 1,672 yards. He was on pace to throw for nearly 2,900 yards, which would have ranked second on Vanderbilt's single-season chart behind Jay Cutler's 2005 campaign.
Carta-Samuels left the stadium last Saturday on crutches. Franklin made it sound as if the injury was career-ending after the game, but changed tunes during his Monday press conference by noting that Robinette or Carta-Samuels could start at Texas A&M. On Wednesday night, Franklin said he was still undecided on his starter.