June 10, 2008

Fannin on the comeback trail

Mario Fannin still doesn't know how it happened.

Sometime during Auburn's first scrimmage of the spring, he injured his left shoulder. Shortly thereafter, the sophomore underwent surgery and has spent the last three months enduring a grueling rehab.

"Rehab is going well," said Fannin. "I'm just working hard in the training room trying to get back healthy.

"I'm working on building back the strength in my shoulder and getting back the flexibility."

But don't think Fannin has been down in the dumps missing the last two-thirds of spring drills and offseason workouts. He's found a way to stay positive and productive.

"It's been pretty tough but I look on it as God wanted me to sit back and look at some things," said Fannin. "I'm not looking at it as a bad thing. I'm looking at it as a good thing. It's given me time to learn the offense more and I'm doing better in school.

"I just can't wait to get back out there and show what I've learned."

Fannin said he earned a 3.0 GPA spring semester, an improvement over his first year in school. He's got his sights set on earning a 4.0 this summer.

"It's about managing your time, that's something I've learned," said Fannin. "I'm getting my work done and doing my rehab. I'm focused on trying to get to the next level and graduating from Auburn."

Auburn receivers and tight ends coach Steve Ensminger expects to have Fannin back healthy before the start of fall practice, which is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 2.

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