LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - McNeese senior running back Ryan Ross suffered a broken ankle in the Pokes' spring game in 2017 on a 4th down play inside the red zone.
Ross was finally cleared for contact earlier this week and the Pokes are planning to have just as much confidence in him now, as they did before the injury.
"I'm excited for him. I think he's going to have a good year. I don't know when he's going to be at his best, I don't know if that's going to be early," admitted head coach Lance Guidry. "Sometime during the year, I expect him to have a big game and maybe take back the role as the starter. We're going to need all the backs, I do know that."
"It's crazy because when you go down with an injury like I had, you feel like you might not ever play the game again," said Ross. "You know you can get back out there, but the thoughts that go through your head are crazy. I'm blessed to be back out there."
Ross said his confidence is starting to come back one day at a time.