VIDEO: John Ross - Spring Ball Day One

Washington got a big piece of their offense back this spring when John Ross III returned to action. spoke to Ross Monday after the first day of UW Spring Football.

On his return “I’m feeling much better than I ever did. I’m happy to be out here.”


Do you feel anything from the injury? “No. I don’t even feel it at all. I feel really good to be honest.”


Are you doing everything as normal right now? “Yeah. I might take some time on the contact stuff just to play it safe so my knee can recover still. But other than that I’m full go.”


How does it feel to be back? “I feel like a kid again. I honestly feel like a kid. I get to smile like I used to. Not that I wasn’t smiling before, but it’s much better to be out there and participating with everyone else.”


Do you think being out of football could make you a better receiver “Honestly, yes. I feel like more than that though outside of football and on the field. Now I can say that I can see what the defense is doing just by them rotating or pre-snap. I’ve got to know a lot more fundamentals than I did before.”


On missing time last year and being a student of the game “Yeah. I got to learn a lot last year. And I got to help a lot too. By me learning and paying attention and also helping the younger guys I know way more than I ever did.”


What more do you see out of Jake Browning? “Leadership. Leadership and taking everything day by day. He’s more of a leader than we expected with him being such a young guy. It’s amazing.”


On the receiver group “We have an amazing coach in coach (Bush) Hamdan. I feel like the young guys are up to speed and he’s doing everything he can to get everyone reps. We’re doing real good. I just want to see where we continue to grow from here.”


When was your knee 100%? “I want to say maybe two months ago. I’m probably still not 100% as far as contact wise and thing like that. As far as me just waking up and feeling good and not having any pain after practice, I feel great.”


On his first practice back “It was very important because it’s been so long. I haven’t had a chance to do anything like this for a very long time. We’ve been doing player run practices, but it’s not the same. Other than that, just being out here I feel amazing and I’m happy to be here.”


How frustrating was it to sit out last year “I want to say it was tough when I found out the news. The next day I kind of realized it wasn’t going to change. I was going to be hurt the following day and the day after that. I was going to be out for a while. ‘m actually happy that it happened because I learned a lot and I feel like it was a blessing in disguise.”


Does the injury ever creep into the back of your head “Sometimes I forget and the trainers tell me to slow down because I just don’t remember sometimes; I’m just happy to be out here. I feel like a kid again. I just want to get up and go. Before, I dint really have to stretch as much as I did, but now I have to stretch a lot. I don’t really think about it that much though.”


Did he ever think he would lose his speed after getting hurt “Yeah, of course. When I hurt it there were voices in my head saying ‘you’re not going to be as fast.’ I also gained like 22 pounds, so people were also saying ‘you’re not going to be as fast.’  We went out to out Husky Combine and I ran faster so it’s basically just a mental thing.”


On his relationship with Jake Browning “We’re real close. He’s come over to my house and used my laptop for school. When he first got here that’s how we got close. He used to be my neighbor, so we were always close. Now we just have fun and talk a lot and hang out.”


On getting a couple years to work with Jake Browning and how good the offense could be “I think it’s great because he played early and he did such a good job last year. I just can’t wait to see what he’s going to do this year. Just the chemistry we’re going to build now, it’s going to be great.”

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