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Vandy boots a pair of players

Under James Franklin, Vanderbilt appears poised to make some noise in the SEC on the field. Off of it, it appears they’re already operating at SEC speed.

Franklin confirmed Tuesday that sophomore center Logan Stewart and freshman running back Mitchell Hester have been dismissed from the football program for violating unspecified team rules. The issues that led to the twin dismissals, which were not specified by the head coach, occurred withing the past month.

“It’s like I’ve told you, I’m going to have a player’s back but they have to have my back, our team’s back and the university’s back,” Franklin told The Tennessean. “If it’s going to come to a point where I don’t feel like it’s that way, we’ll make a change.”

Stewart suffered a season-ending injury after starting six games this year. Hester was a two-star member of Vandy’s 2011 recruiting class who took a redshirt for his true freshman season.