Quezada nearly back at 100 percent

Sophomore Cougar running back Joshua Quezada suffered an ankle sprain that's kept him from full participating during fall camp. Having prepared himself over the spring and summer, the Samoan running back from California had high hopes in becoming more of an offensive weapon this season before his ankle injury slowed him down.

Little by little, Joshua Quezada is easing himself back into the swing of things in preparation for Ole Miss. Now it's about time to start picking it up a bit.

"I feel good," Quezada said. "I'm about 95 percent right now. My cuts are a little cleaner but I think my feet are just a little heavy, so that's what my focus is right now, is just getting my feet light again. If you're not constantly practicing you can get a little draggy and heavy-footed. My objective right now is to get as light on my feet as possible."

Quezada has sprained the same ankle in the past. While he contends it's not a reoccurring injury, but rather just one of those things that happens in the sport of football, he did know how to approach the injury once it occurred.

"It wasn't a high ankle sprain or anything like that," he said. "I've had it sprained before and so I knew what to expect and what to do when it happened again. That's why I was real patient with the recovery.

"Yeah, I've had this injury once while in high school, but at the same time it's nothing new. As a running back you kind of know what to expect because ankle injuries are some of the more common injuries below the knees."

Quezada could probably have made his return to the practice field sooner, but there was a cautionary approach taken to ensure he wasn't rushed back too soon.

"It's been a couple of weeks now, so the process has been long," he said. "They slowly give me more reps, more reps, and I'm at that point where I'm feeling good enough to go."

With limited involvement over these past few weeks, Quezada is still making his presence know. On Tuesday, he scored a touchdown from the blue zone, and he helps his teammates when he's not in.

"Over fall camp, I've definitely done more individual things and warm-ups with the running backs," Quezada said. "In regards to my involvement in team, I'm slowly getting pushed in there going in and out of plays with the rotation. When I'm not in, I make sure I'm still in there mentally on every rep. When the twos and threes go in, I make sure those guys are getting better to be on par with the rest of the team."

Communicating with the coaches and trainers, Quezada now feels it's time for him to get back in full fall camp action.

"I think I just gave them the green light in regards to the number of reps I want," Quezada said. "I definitely want to take advantage of that and get as many reps as I can because I'm trying to get myself better even though I know what I'm capable of. It's about that time and I'm ready to go."

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