Dodd discusses injury, Rutgers plan

Byrnes High of Duncan, S.C., quarterback Chas Dodd, who is committed to Rutgers, had to withdraw from the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl because of a recent injury. Dodd tells us about the extent of the injury. Also, Dodd talks about the disappointing end to Byrnes' season, and discusses what he expects when he arrives at Rutgers in the summer.

Rutgers commit and Brynes High (Duncan, S.C.) quarterback Chas Dodd was going to be one of the local headliners of the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, but an injury to his non-throwing shoulder forced him to withdraw from the Myrtle Beach event.

Dodd suffered the left shoulder injury in the Dec. 5 Class 4 A state championship game against Dorman High of Roebuck, S.C., and aggravated it a week later in South Carolina's north-south all-star game.

"It's getting better, but I decided not to come because I didn't want anything else to happen to it,'' Dodd said. "It's just my AC joint. It's getting better.''

The 6-foot, 190-pound Dodd said surgery is not needed, and he is already back out and throwing the ball in workouts with some of his Byrnes teammates.

Perhaps the more painful part of a stellar season was the state title loss to Dorman, a team the Rebels beat 17-10 in the regular season.

But Dorman came away with a 28-17 victory in the title game, and denied Dodd a third state championship.

"Most guys don't get to win a state championship at all in their high school career,'' Dodd said. "I won two, and I'm real thankful for that.''

Yet, it is still a painful memory, especially since he threw two fourth-quarter interceptions.

"It's still there,'' he said. "I still think about it, especially since (top-ranked) St. Thomas (Aquinas) lost. We could have been national champions. It kills you when you think about it, but you can't let it get you down. You just got to keep going and let the past be in the past.''

To help him get over it, Dodd is already focusing on his freshman year at Rutgers. He recently began his offseason workout program.

Dodd is throwing with teammates a few times a week, and weight training three days a week. "I'll be throwing with some guys to stay in shape until I get up there to Rutgers,'' Dodd said. "I threw last week, so I stay out there and keep my arm fresh.''

Dodd is taking his official visit to Rutgers the weekend of Jan. 22-24.

When Dodd arrives at Rutgers in the summer, he will be one of three quarterbacks on the roster, joining starter Tom Savage and red-shirt sophomore Steve Shimko.

Because of the lack of depth at the position, the possibility of enrolling in January was broached with Dodd.

"There was (some talk), but I didn't have some of my classes done and I still had to take some in the second semester,'' he said. "I didn't take all of them in the first semester, so I wasn't going to be able to. But there was some talk about it until they found out I couldn't do it.''

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