It’s finally official. Justyn Ross is back on the field for the Clemson Tigers.
After being fully cleared to participate in fall camp, Ross had to wait an extra week due to safety protocols. On Friday, Ross was back as the Tigers practiced at Jervey Meadows.
However, Ross will have to go through a five-day acclimation process before he can practice with pads on.
“It felt great,” Ross said after Friday’s practice. “It’s the best I’ve ever felt. I feel like the same J-Ross.”
Ross missed the entire 2020 season after having surgery to repair a congenital condition in his spine. At one point, there was a question of whether he could ever play football again, but the uber-talented wideout from Alabama never lost faith.
“Just more adversity,” Ross said. “That’s life. It just happens.”
After such an extended period away from the game, Ross was more than ready to get back at it. The senior receiver said the entire experience has had a major impact on him.
“I was ready to get back to work,” Ross said. “Being off a year, it took its toll on me.”
Now that he is fully back, with no limitations, the question becomes will Ross be ready to roll for the September 4 season opener against Georgia. Although, if it were up to him, he could play tomorrow.
“If it’s up to me, I’m ready to play a full, four-quarter game.”
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