Auburn Receiver On the Comeback Trail

Auburn wide receiver Jaylon Denson discusses his progress from a season-ending injury prematurely ended his 2013 football season.

Auburn, Ala.--Suffering a serious knee injury that is requiring a serious amount of rehab, Auburn football player Jaylon Denson has his sights set on returning to action for the Tigers this fall.

The six-foot-three, 210-pound receiver is expected to get a do-over on his junior season after it ended prematurely on the opening drive of the LSU game. With the Tigers playing 14 games during the 2013 season, that put Denson under the limit (30 percent of the games) for receiving a medical hardship redshirt.

"I am doing good, rehab is going good--everything is going well," Denson told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am working on my core motions and getting those stronger."

Jaylon Denson is shown in practice.

Denson, who had surgery last fall to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee, noted he should be able to participate in spring training although to a very limited degree. "I will probably do some non-contact stuff, but I will definitely be back in the fall," he said.

The receiver won praise for his play in preseason and opened the 2013 campaign as the starter in the opening four games prior to his injury. Denson caught three passes for 45 yards as the Tigers put together a stronger than predicted season finishing as SEC champions with a 12-2 record.

Asked what made the Tigers successful, Denson doesn't hesitate to answer. "We came together. We just played as a team and that is what got us to the national championship game."

Denson noted the success of the team helped overcome the disappointment of his injury. "I was wishing I could play, but I'm happy for the whole team," he said.

The receiver pointed out it was fun to watch the offense develop as the season progressed. "It was crazy," he said. "I get to see everything that everybody else doesn't see, the reasons why things work and don't work. It was a fun ride."

Denson said the wide receiver group improved with the offense. "They have grown a lot from the beginning of the season to where they are now," he noted. "It has been a long, rough road, but they did grow."

Commenting on his road to recovery, Denson said, "I'm on track to be back, but I don't know about the spring. I probably won't play in the spring because there is really no need to push it. I will definitely be back in the fall though."

Off the field the junior said that "school is going great" and noted he is eager to play more football. "The doctors said I can make a 100 percent, full recovery. I'm definitely excited about next season and the seasons to come."

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