April 23, 2009

Elliott will be rocking the duece in '09

Mississippi State had it's share of major injuries during the 2008 season.

Running back Robert Elliott was one of the more devastating losses last year when he tore two ligaments in his right knee during the fourth quarter against LSU.

But when the Bulldogs took the practice field this spring, the 6-foot-0, 195-pound sophomore was right there with his teammates dressed out in his familiar No. 2 jersey.

Elliott was kept out of contact drills this spring but the coaching staff wanted to get a good look at the former four-star prospect and let him begin to get acquainted with the new spread offense brought in by new head coach Dan Mullen.

"My knee feels a whole lot better," Elliott said. "Anytime I just go back and think about my surgeries and how well I'm doing now, I'm doing good."

Elliott underwent two separate surgeries to repair his injured knee. Rumors ran rampant that the first surgery did not go well causing a second one several weeks later. However, Elliott set the record straight and explained to BulldogBlitz his need to have multiple surgeries to repair his injured left knee.

"I had two surgeries," Elliott said. "My first surgery was my LCL surgery and the next surgery was my ACL surgery. I guess people thought something must have went wrong the first time I went to go have surgery. But that wasn't what it was. I tore my LCL and my ACL. The LCL was the thing we had to get done right away.

Elliott's rehab began as soon as his LCL surgery was complete and he built his knee back up before undergoing the second procedure a few weeks later.

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