August 10, 2007

ASI Insider Report: Russell Ball is back

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Back still has his 'shake' (By: Ira Schoffel, The Osceola)

Russell Ball is almost always smiling.

Whether it's between plays or after practice or on his way to work out, Ball's ever-present smile tells the story of a young man who knows no other way than to see the bright side of life.

But even Ball admits that he thought his career was likely finished when he tore the ACL in his right knee two springs ago. Just over a year earlier, Ball had torn the ACL in his left knee before his senior season at La Marque (Texas) High School.

"I felt it was the end of the road," Ball said.

Now, 18 months later, Ball is not only back in action, but he's impressing his Florida State teammates and coaches with the shifty moves and bursts of speed that originally made him a four-star prospect.

With Antone Smith nursing a slight pull on Friday, Ball took more reps than usual with the first- and second-string offense, and he delivered with several of the day's biggest plays - he busted one long touchdown run and also eluded several defenders on other nice carries.

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