Despite huge season, Fred Ross reveals he was injured for all of 2015
Senior receiver Fred Ross was the breakout star of Mississippi State’s offense last season after hauling in a school-record 88 catches and going over the 1,000-yard mark on the year. According to Ross, his historic numbers were put up despite dealing with a nagging injury during the entire 2015 campaign.
“About the whole season, I was hurt,” Ross said, according to Michael Bonner of the Clarion Ledger. “I was hurt the whole season. So I’m glad God blessed me, and the surgery went well, and I’m just ready to start this season.”
Imagine the numbers Ross could have put up for the Bulldogs had he not been slowed by injury. Now eager to hit the field after missing all of spring to heal after surgery, Ross must work to establish rapport with Mississippi State’s quarterbacks post Dak Prescott.
Despite nearly healing all the way, Ross admits he enters fall camp just shy of being at full strength.
“I don’t think I’m 100 percent. On one-on-ones (Monday), I didn’t do so hot,” Ross said. “I felt a little slow coming out of my breaks, but that’s just going to come with time and reps. I haven’t gone against someone else in a couple of months. It’s definitely different going against somebody. I’m glad I got those reps in and get that bad stuff out of me.”
Barring any setbacks, expect Ross to be as close to 100 percent as possible by the time Mississippi State hosts South Alabama Sept. 3. If this is what Ross is capable of while injured, just how good can he be when fully healthy?