March 27, 2009

McRae working for his return

The last time many Mississippi State fans saw wide receiver Brandon McRae he was being carted off on a stretcher at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium after a freak injury to his right leg in the Egg Bowl.

The official diagnosis was a compound fracture of the tibia and required immediate surgery and left many questioning if McRae would ever play again.

But less that four months later, McRae joined the rest of his teammates for the start of spring practice. Even though he is limited in his participation he simply just couldn't stay away.

"I'm about 60-percent right now," McRae said. "I'm not supposed to be doing everything but just being out here is a blessing. I just couldn't stay away, I had to do something."

McRae is still undergoing treatments and rehabilitation with the MSU trainers and is on pace to be back at full strength in the fall.

"It's been a real long process, very slow it feels like to me," McRae said. "But I'm working with coach (Matt) Balis, Mr. Paul (Mock) and Justin (Gremillion) and they've got me working extra hard on my legs trying to get my strength back. They are doing a great job at that."

After suffering the injury, McRae was transported by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus for surgery and spent several days recovering before being released. It was during that time that an overwhelming amount of support began pouring in for the Chester, Va., native in the form of calls, card and even visits from total strangers.



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