Ken Webster’s 2016 season was over almost as soon as it began.
Against Florida State, on the Rebels’ first defensive possession of the season, the Ole Miss defensive back leapt to break up a deep pass and fell awkwardly on his left knee, tearing ligaments including the ACL and PCL.
Now seven months into his rehab, Webster, a senior, is eager to get back onto the field. He’s impressed his younger teammates with his approach to returning to action.
“I have to bring that positive energy to the team with me being the leader that I am,” Webster said in an interview with Greg McElroy on SEC Network. “Everyone doesn’t get the opportunity that I got, to play in the SEC.”
You can watch the full interview here.
As a sophomore in 2015, Webster started all 13 of his team’s games, recording 41 tackles, 11 pass breakups, and an interception. He helped lead a strong Rebels defense to a Sugar Bowl berth and win over Oklahoma State.
With spring practice starting to wind down, Webster can’t help but to think about the fall and strapping on his pads and game jersey once again. He admitted that his emotions will be flowing when he runs out onto the field at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium for the first time post-injury.
“It might bring tears,” Webster said. “A whole year out from football… it’s going to bring tears to me to know that I’m back out there again, in front of those fans, with my teammates, doing what I do best: having fun.”