Alex Redmond On The Comeback Trail

Alex Redmond was in the midst of a stellar senior season. In the best shape of his life and verbally committed to Oregon, the 6-5, 290 lb. offensive guard was focused on leading Los Alamitos High School toward the playoffs. Then his season got derailed by a dislocated elbow.

Redmond said that when he went to make a one-armed tackle in practice on Oct. 2, a teammate's helmet struck his extended arm square in the elbow, damaging tendons and ending his season.

"I experienced the worst pain I've ever experienced in my life," he said.

The injury took Redmond away from the game he loves, something that still isn't easy to process even with his future set.

"It's depressing when a huge part of your life is taken away," Redmond said. "I lose sleep over it."

Considering Redmond spent his entire offseason preparing himself to get faster, the injury stung a bit more. After committing to Oregon, Redmond dedicated himself to becoming more explosive off the ball, which helped improve his range of motion and flexibility. Now that he's a spectator, he's taken it upon himself to take his leadership role from the field to the sidelines and help his teammates.

"They fed off me," Redmond said. "When I played well, they did too."

Admitting that he "would give anything to go out there and play," Redmond said that the person that made the injury a little easier to digest was Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood.

"He told me 'I know your chomping at the bit to get out there but you've got to worry about your future," Redmond said. "It was nice to hear. It makes it easier not to play."

The injury will have Redmond on the shelf for three months. But, rehab has given Redmond more time to observe Oregon. He hasn't missed a game this year and often re-watches games and pauses on certain plays to observe formations and movements.

In preparation for the frenetic pace that awaits him at Oregon, Redmond will turn toward another sport he loves, wrestling, to stay in shape this winter and then go back to practicing drills and exercises as signing day approaches.

"I can't practice hard enough," Redmond said, adding later, "I'm so hungry for it, I'm so excited...I dream about this."

While at Oregon, Redmond said he plans on studying communications.


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