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A sweet return: Kamryn Pettway details quad injury
Kamryn Pettway didn’t even know it was possible to pull a quad, but he knew something was wrong during a game earlier this season.
The sophomore running back had never dealt with that type of injury in his athletic career and quickly realized it was something he would be dealing with.
“It was real painful,” Pettway said. “When it first happened, I heard it pop. I thought I had a cramp or something. Then it popped again, and I knew it was something serious. It was real painful.”
Obviously, a quad is critical muscle for someone in Pittway’s position. Those types of strains are also the worst to navigate as a student-athlete, too, if only because they’re so easy to re-aggravate. Players can think they’re healing until one quick move or hard hit reveals otherwise or sets someone back further.
Pettway made every attempt to play through the pain in the Iron Bowl (against one of, if not the best Alabama defense to roll in Tuscaloosa in recent years, nonetheless). It was clear, however, Pettway needed time to rest and heal.
Through the next couple of weeks Pettway started to feel much better. Still, he wasn’t sure how his leg would feel until he actually returned to the field and started moving at full speed.
So, after suffering through the end of the season and missing games circled on Auburn’s calendar, what was the rusher’s reaction at practice this week? How did the leg feel after two days back at work?
Pettway smiled shyly in a crowd of reporters on Thursday afternoon.
“I thought, ‘Oh, yeah,'” Pettway said. “‘It’s time.'”
Now, here’s a terrifying thought heading into the weekend:
The average college football fan — heck, even some Auburn football fans — might not realize Pettway finished the regular season with 1,123 rushing yards (He ranks 12th nationally in rushing yards per game.) in just eight games.
Asked what he thinks he’d been capable of if he’d been completely healthy for the entirety of 2016?
“I feel like I’m capable to do a lot more than I did this year,” Pettway said.
Take a second to think about the running back flattening opposing defenders and go into the weekend dreaming of the touchdowns soon to come.
Winter break usually means lower attendance at college basketball games, but this wasn’t a problem for Auburn on Thursday night.
In the minutes leading up to the Tigers tip-off against Coastal Carolina, students started filing in and filling the stands in Auburn Arena. And if these people looked a little bigger than the average college student, it’s because it was almost every member of the Auburn football team.
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) December 16, 2016
One of the coolest parts of being a student-athlete is the community you join when you finally arrive on campus. Athletes from every team meet and mingle in classes. They cross paths in the athletic facilities. As time passes it’s not uncommon for a football player to grow closer to a group of basketball or baseball players (You get the idea.).
Oftentimes coaches require their players to attend other teams’ sporting events to show support for the program and the athletic department as a whole.
So, you’re asking, was the football team’s appearance at the game Thursday night mandatory?
It might have been. But what wasn’t required was for Auburn’s top gridiron stars to actually get into the game (Also, a good amount of student-athletes have already been at multiple other Auburn basketball games so far this year.).
There were countless plays — be it a slam from senior guard TJ Dunans or a deep three from Danjel Purifoy — where athletes were standing, cheering and revealing how impressed they were with the men’s team.
This is an even cooler thing because it’s not easy to impress fellow student-athletes. Players grow up competing in various sports and developing their overall athletic abilities. Whether you play football, basketball, softball, etc., if you’re good enough to play at a Division I school, you’ve already played at an insanely high level. Jaw-dropping moves and unbelievable feats aren’t a new thing.
Still, if you’re a fan, the back and forth between student-athletes is a fun thing to watch. It’s a little insight into the personality of your favorite players. It provides a glimpse into how the young standouts you admire and cheer for spend their day. It makes those dynamic playmakers you see on the field and the hardwood a little more human.
It’s also a sign of a strong athletic department, which bodes well for the future. Think on this for a minute.
During a week in which the football program signed two top JUCO prospects (quarterback Jarrett Stidham and tight end Salvatore Cannella), Auburn basketball, including the program’s first-ever 5-star player Mustapha Heron, set a school record for three pointers (21). How could it get better, you ask?
A future Tiger, 5-star commit Austin Wiley, was in the stands watching.
Excitement is contagious. And it’s quickly spreading on the Plains.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk asked what Wesley McGriff’s departure means for Auburn recruiting.
- ESPN staff writer Greg Ostendorf reviewed the 2016 Auburn Tigers’ season.
- SEC Country continued to rank the top 10 Auburn players, with sophomore linebacker Deshaun Davis landing on the list.
- SportsDay asked if Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook is faster than Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.?
- Auburn senior writer Charles Goldberg said two new Tigers received a warm welcome in the middle of the week.
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson said Auburn focused on a couple of keys during its first bowl practice.
- AL.com said Auburn views its new tight end, Salvatore Cannella, as a red zone threat.
Happening on the Plains
Auburn put on a show against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on Thursday night.
The Tigers tied an SEC record for 3-pointers (21) in their 117-72 win against Coastal.
After a difficult week, which included a last-second loss to Boston College and the suspension of two starters, Auburn responded in a big way.
FINAL | Tigers explode for a season-high in points to take a 117-72 win over Coastal Carolina.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) December 16, 2016
This picture, and each player’s expression in the background, says basically everything you need to know about the win.
— AuburnPix (@AuburnPix) December 16, 2016
True freshman Anfernee McLemore had a huge night for Auburn. Then the forward turned into a postgame broadcaster, taking Auburn fans inside the locker room after the win.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) December 16, 2016