May 6, 2009

Smith is recovered and ready

Mississippi State's offensive line was dealt a blow before the season even began last year when true freshman offensive guard Tobias Smith was lost for the year in the team's first scrimmage.

Smith suffered a severe ankle sprain that required season-ending surgery but was back on the practice fields and even running with the first unit at left guard this spring.

"I had to knock off a little bit of rust," Smith said. "It was hard at first but as spring went on I became back to normal. It wasn't until February when I started feeling like I was fully healed. It took a long time for me to heal, I don't know what was the reason. It took me a while to get back to where I can be a football player again."

The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder thought he would be able to comeback last season when x-rays on his injured ankle came back negative. But once the swelling went down and further tests were performed it was determined that he would not see action during his freshman campaign.

"I was thinking I would be able to come back and play," Smith said. "They told me at first that I would be able to comeback and play by the LSU game, the fifth game of the season. But they told me after that I was going to have season-ending surgery and I was kind of down after that."

But his spirits soon improved once he was given the OK to begin rehabbing and was ready to go when the Bulldogs began spring practice.

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