"I had two small bone spurs in my left big toe. Dr. Linton did the surgery to remove them about two months ago."
Did he tell you how long it would take to recover from the surgery?
"No, not really. He said he would look at my x-rays to determine how much longer it would be. Yesterday, he looked at my x-ray and said that he wasn't going to have to see me anymore. I guess that was a good sign. I'm still going to take it slow. The trainers said that my orthodics are supposed to come in tomorrow. We are going out on the field tomorrow and move around a little bit. I worked out with the backs yesterday, catching passes. I was a little sore this morning. I wasn't trying to go full speed but I did everything. I just can't make any sharp moves on my toe yet. I'm just going to have to gradually work into it."
I know you were probably extremely limited during the early part of the summer, but what were you able to do?
"They wouldn't let me run too much. I tried to run every now and then, but, basically, all I could do was lift weights."
What kind of workout are you going to try and do the rest of the summer?
"I'm trying to get ready for those two-a-days, get into good condition and gain a couple of pounds in the weightroom."
What is your actual height, weight and forty-speed?
"6-1, about 197."
You look bigger. Have you gained some weight since last football season?
"About 10 to 12 pounds."
What is your best forty speed?
"On a good day I run a 4.4."
What do you run on a consistent basis?
You were one of the top recruits in the nation last season because you are so talented. How did you become such a talented player?
"That is a blessing from the Good Lord. I didn't have anything to do with that. It comes natural. I just get out there and go."
What are your expectations this year? How do you want to help the team this coming season?
"I know I will play running back, but I also kind of want to play some receiver. I feel I can help the team the most by playing both."
Have the coaches talked to you about playing receiver?
"Yes sir. They will probably have me playing a little of both."
Will it be like a receiver out wide or more like a tailback coming out of the backfield?
"Kind of like a slotback."
You are coming in this year with a great recruiting class. Talking to you guys, you get along like you are brothers.
"This group coming in is very close. Everybody has been tight. I don't know how we got so close, but we have been close for a long time."
I'll let you go, Jerious. Thanks for the interview.
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