April 17, 2007

Russell's knee should be ready for action soon

One of the most pleasant surprises on the practice field this spring at Ohio State has been the return of Anderson Russell. Seeing the No. 21 jersey around practice really has been a site for sore eyes.

After six long months of rehab, the OSU safety is bouncing around like a kid taking in his first spring practice again.

"It just feels good to be out here," Russell said. "It had been so long since I had a uniform on."

Russell had surgery on October 18th of last year to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. He had recorded 16 tackles in four games before he injured the knee during kickoff coverage in the fifth game of last season against Iowa.

"The worst part was that everything was just starting to come together," Russell said. "The game was really starting to slow down for me."

Russell came to the Buckeyes in 2005 as a running back out of Marist High School in Atlanta, GA. After redshirting his first year in Columbus, he made the move to safety last season where he was quietly becoming an impact player on a defense full of stars.

...More... To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now!