Vanderbilt will be without a key offensive starter the rest of the season, according to a report from Robbie Faulk of 247Sports.

Rocko Griffin has left the team after Clark Lea told reporters after the Ole Miss loss that Griffin’s lack of involvement in the offense was a coaches decision. It appears Griffin was passed over on the depth chart in the backfield.

Griffin led the Commodores in rushing last season with Ray Davis injured for much of the campaign but slipped down the depth chart during spring practice as Patrick Smith took over the No. 2 role. Since Smith returned from suspension in late September, Griffin had once again moved down from his role as the second-string tailback to third-string.

Griffin missed 3 of Vanderbilt’s 6 games this season with an injury. Griffin has 9 carries for 86 yards and one touchdown. The former 3-star recruit out of Savannah (Ga.) South Effingham rushed for 517 yards (3.6 average) and 4 touchdowns last season while he also made 10 receptions for 41 yards. Griffin has gotten just 4 carries since Smith returned to the lineup, including only one against Ole Miss