December 28, 2012

Despite injury, Griffin's sophomore season a success

There were plenty of lofty expectations for Nick Griffin when he arrived at Mississippi State as one of the Magnolia State's top running back prospects in the 2010 class.

Griffin was able to redshirt his first year with the Bulldogs and just as he started to take some strides in his young career going through his first spring practice his future was derailed by a torn ACL in his left knee.

"Coming in I wanted to play but I wasn't sure that I was ready," Griffin said. "I redshirted and that was fine because it was just another year for me to get better, learn the offense and get stronger. The injury took a lot out of me and I was down for a minute. But I was determined and my teammates and coaches kept pushing me."

It took Griffin months of rehab before he was ready to take the field again missing the first five games of the 2011 season. He finished last year playing in five games rushing 16 times for 108 yards and a touchdown including a 10-carry, 80-yard evening against UT-Martin scoring his first career TD.

Griffin began regaining his confidence in his injured knee during spring practice and had emerged as the Bulldogs backup running back behind LaDarius Perkins this fall. He played in all 12 regular season outings rushing for 234 yards on 32 attempts and scoring one touchdown.

The six-foot, 225-pounder also made his first career start at LSU carrying 11 times for 38 yards and also boosting his on-field esteem even more.

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