As hard as it is to believe, Justyn Ross is one of the elder statesmen in the receiver room at Clemson.
It doesn’t seem all that long ago that Ross was wowing fans with his highlight reel catches as a freshman during the Tigers run to the national title in 2018.
Now, after missing all of last season recovering from a career threatening spinal surgery, Ross is having fun leading the way at the position.
“I love it. I mean, this is like one of my first times really leading the group,” Ross said. “Because I had Tee (Higgins), Amari (Rodgers), Cornell (Powell) and all them. But yeah, it feels good to finally lead the group.”
While Ross still hasn’t been fully cleared to play, he is fully expecting he will be come his next appointment in June. However, getting to this point wasn’t easy.
“It’s been hard, but I just put everything in God’s hands like my grandma said to do. So I just put everything in God’s hands and went on and did everything the doctors told me to do, everything my coaches told me to do.”
The whole ordeal has given the fourth-year receiver a whole new perspective. Ross said the first time he was able to put the pads back on last year he was all smiles and that it was a moment he will never forget.
“I’m very grateful, I’m taking advantage of every route I can get,” Ross said. “I was smiling because I realized how quickly the game could be taken away from me.”