September 3, 2007

Russell makes his return

While most of his teammates had to wait eight months to get back on the field the wait was longer for defensive back Anderson Russell. The sophomore safety saw his freshman year cut short on the field in Iowa City as a devastating ACL knee injury put him on the shelf and Saturday's return to the field was the result of almost a year of hard work to get back out there and reclaim his starting position.

"That just felt so good because we just got tired of banging on each other," Russell said. "It's been a long, long time through spring ball just banging on each other so it was great to get out there and play against someone else."

Unlike most players who come back off a serious knee injury Russell didn't go with any sort of a knee brace. While it might work for some players it was just a direction that Russell didn't consider going.

"The first day out of surgery when I was doing therapy I didn't use a brace," Russell said. "I just never have worn one."

Russell not only got action in the secondary but also had a kickoff return that went back fro 29 yards. Jim Tressel and the team were thrilled to see Russell back and playing at full speed.

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