Senior receiver Fred Ross has been cleared in his recovery from offseason groin surgery, his position coach Billy Gonzales said Monday.
Billy Gonzales just spoke to the media. He said Fred Ross is cleared to do everything, but they are still be cautious with him
— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) August 22, 2016
Although Ross has been completely cleared, the Bulldogs will bring him back cautiously. The surgery kept him out all of spring practice, and they still have nearly three weeks until opening the season against South Alabama on Sept. 3.
Ross recently revealed that he played through the groin injury for the entirety of his record-setting 2015 campaign. He caught a school-record 88 passes for 1,007 yards, becoming just the second Mississippi State receiver to pass the 1,000-yard mark. The coaches named him second-team SEC, while the AP voted him on the first team. It earned him a spot on the 2016 Biletnikoff Award watch list.
ESPN on Sunday named Ross to its first team preseason All-SEC.