May 13, 2013

A speedy recovery for Simpson

Everything seemed to be going Trent Simpson's way last fall.

The two-star defensive end from Oxford, Ala., had committed to Mississippi State and was having a standout senior season racking up 49 tackles, 19 for loss, six sacks while forcing and recovering a fumble. Simpson had also received an invitation to represent his state in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

But one play changed all of those plans.

While rushing the passer in an Oct. 26 game against Pell City, Simpson's left knee buckled without any contact tearing his anterior cruciate ligament putting his future in jeopardy.

Simpson underwent surgery four days later and began his journey back the very next day by starting the rehab process. His progression went so well that Simpson was able to be back seven games into his senior baseball season finishing with a .420 batting average and 10 home runs following the footsteps of his older brother, Tucker, who is a freshman pitcher at Florida.

"I was just wanting to ease back into things," Simpson said. "I could have been playing in the field at the beginning but I DH'd (designated hitter) for a few weeks just to get the feel of being on it every day. I didn't have any problems with it during the season and it feels good."

Simpson was released after only 3 months following surgery due to an aggressive rehab regimen.

"They are days where it feels just as strong as my other leg," Simpson said. "I'm still just six months out so it's still healing. They've said it takes you about a year to really feel like you're back to 100-percent but right now I feel like I am really close to it."

The 6-foot-5 Simpson will be given a few extra months for his knee to heal before he begins practicing with the Bulldogs. Simpson did not sign with MSU in February opting to accept a greyshirt offer delaying the start of his career until next spring.

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