Vanderbilt LB Daniel Martin, RB Maurice Edwards no longer with team

Vanderbilt freshmen Daniel Martin and Maurice Edwards are no longer with the program and are expected to enter the transfer window.

Commodores coach Clark Lea did not elaborate on the reason for the players’ departures, but said in a statement that it was his responsibility to ensure a “strong ecosystem” around the program.

Neither player’s departure was due to a legal issue, ESPN confirmed. Neither had officially entered the transition portal as of Wednesday afternoon.

Martin, a linebacker from Georgia and Vanderbilt’s only ESPN 300 recruit in the 2022 class, and Edwards, a quarterback from Illinois, traveled with the team to last week’s home opener in Hawaii but did not play in the game.

“It’s never a good day when you have to make those decisions,” Lea said on the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday. “I’m not going to go into more detail than what was said in the statement. We consider it a privilege to be a part of this program and we have the highest operating standards here. Our expectations are clear and we want to make sure that we fight every day to make this program what we know it to be.”