LSU wide receiver Travin Dural is happily participating in Tigers preseason practice. And given the details he shared of his season-ending from last year, that’s no small accomplishment.
According to details stemming from a report by NOLA.com’s Andrew Lopez, Dural sounds lucky to be walking without a limp, let alone running at full speed.
Dural injured his hamstring against Ole Miss last season when he ended up on top of a Rebels defender’s shoulders after attempting to snag a pass from Brandon Harris. His recollection of the events is not for the faint of heart.
“When I jumped for the ball against Ole Miss, I kind of sat on the DB’s shoulder and he flipped me,” Dural said, according to Lopez. “When I hit the ground, my leg snapped back. My knee touched my shoulder. It tore my hamstring off the bone at the top. It was kind of three, four inches off from where it was supposed to be.”
The mental image that description creates is, well, not pleasant.
Here’s a look at the replay of the play in question:
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Dural, who will be playing his senior season this fall, had to sit out spring practice to allow the injury to heal.
“It was mainly letting it heal and letting the stitches dissolve and letting it come back together,” Dural said, according to Lopez. “By the time April came around, I was fully healed and I could start working out and getting it back stronger again. The week of the spring game is when I started working out my entire body and the week after was when I could go full speed.”
Dural is expected to be a big part of what the Tigers hope is an improved passing game in 2016. Running alongside Malachi Dupre, the Tigers have one of the league’s best wide receiving duos. It will be up to third-year QB Brandon Harris to consistent deliver the ball.