March 30, 2007

Brown eager to return

Spring practice might still be underway in Athens, but more and more the talk of what the first week of August will be like with the stable of running backs competing for playing time. While watching camp from the sidelines as he recovers from knee surgery, senior Thomas Brown is anxious.

"It is extremely hard and it is killing me," said the 5-foot-8, 200 pounder from Tucker. "I love the game so much and I love to compete period no matter what it is. Having to sit here on the sidelines and watch my team compete every day; it hurts not to be out there with them."

Brown, who leads the team in career rushing with 1,867 yards, suffered the torn ACL in the loss to Vanderbilt in November, but from day one was determined to come back from the injury as quickly as possible. The first thing that he did was to get his knee in the best possible condition before the surgery.

"It was certainly important to get the fluid out of my knee, because statistics show that the surgery goes better afterwards if you can get muscle fluids out of it and get it in better shape," he explained.

Typically, knee injuries of this nature take at least a year fully heal, but for Brown, who coaches said from day one would be back sooner than most with his worth ethic and adherence to the responsibilities of rehabilitation, the expected return date is much sooner.

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