August 10, 2009

Ducre making an impression after injury

Christian Ducre is trying to make up for lost time during fall camp.

The 6-foot, 220-pound senior running back was unable to make much of an impression on the new coaching staff at Mississippi State after missing most of the spring with an injured shoulder.

Ducre suffered a third degree sprain in his right shoulder early on in spring drills causing him to miss the remainder of practice and the spring game.

"Coach (Matt) Balisand Mr. Paul (Mock) helped me out a lot," Ducre said. "They told me all the exercises I need to do get it back right. I was out the whole spring so I started the first week I was out doing a lot of rubber band type stuff and that really strengthened it up."

Because his injury was a third degree sprain, Ducre was not required to have surgery. Had it been a fourth degree, he could have missed five months of action.

Ducre now says his shoulder is at 100-percent and has earned the respect of new Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen during special teams drills which could translate into a major role in the offense.

"I coach special teams and Christian is a guy that is finding a way to be a starter on almost all of our special teams," Mullen said. "In my mind if he is good enough to start on all of our special teams he's certainly good enough to start on our offense. If you are not good enough to play on special teams you should not be good enough to start on our offense. Christian has really impressed everybody doing those things.

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