Football players grind their way through injuries all the time. That’s hardly news.
But most don’t post record-setting seasons in the process.
Mississippi State wide receiver Fred Ross answered questions about his surgically repaired groin during a media session on Monday night, and made a new revelation in the process.
Ross told reporters that he played through the groin injury, which was repaired in the spring, for the duration of his school-record 88-catch season in 2015.
“About the whole season, I was hurt,” Ross said, according to a report from The Clarion Ledger’s Michael Bonner. “I was hurt the whole season. So I’m glad God blessed me, and the surgery went well, and I’m just ready to start this season.”
The Bulldogs don’t yet know who will assume the starting quarterback role after the graduation of Dak Prescott, but whomever it is will have a huge asset in Ross if he’s healthy.
And indications are good that he’s on his way to being ready for the regular season after missing spring practice for surgery on the groin.
He told reporters he felt like he was “95 percent” healthy after getting in some work at practice, but there’s still reason to be cautious.
“I don’t think I’m 100 percent. On one-on-ones, I didn’t do so hot,” Ross said on Monday, according to Bonner. “I felt a little slow coming out of my breaks, but that’s just going to come with time and reps.”
Mississippi State opens the 2016 season against South Alabama on Sept. 3.