July 2, 2007

Injury not slowing down Texas star

It's easy to work up a sweat in South Texas.

One Ole Miss commitment has been working so hard this summer that the doctor had to replace a cast on his hand because of how hard the young man was working and sweating.

Mario Benavides of Los Fresnos, Texas had surgery on his right hand at the end of summer to repair a damaged ligament. This surgery required the talented lineman to wear a cast on his right hand and not to do any upper body weight lifting. It didn't slow him down apparently.

"I get the cast off for good this coming Saturday," Benavides said Sunday. "I can't wait. They had to replace one cast already because I have been running and sweating so much. I was happy to see that I have maintained my 285 pounds despite not being able to do any upper body lifting. All I have been doing is running every day and doing lower body work."
this coming Saturday," Benavides said Sunday. "I can't wait. They had to replace one cast already because I have been running and sweating so much. I was happy to see that I have maintained my 285 pounds despite not being able to do any upper body lifting. All I have been doing is running every day and doing lower body work."

The hard working and determined young man hasn't let his injury keep him from keeping his eye on the prize.

"I can't wait for my senior season we should have another good team," said Benavides. "After I get the cast off I'm going to focus on my rehabilitation of it and work on my upper body strength. They say I can start lifting the first of August."

Benavides and his parents had planned to make a trip to Ole Miss at the end of May, a trip that the family had to postpone to after the surgery.

"We are looking on making a trip later this month to Ole Miss," Benavides said. "We may drive down sometime in July, it will depend on how my hand is doing and how rehab is going."

Benavides did admit Sunday that his commitment to Ole Miss is getting more solid every day.

"I feel more committed to Ole Miss a little more everyday," Benavides said. "Ole Miss and I stay in great contact and they really care about me as a person not just a player. The other schools are starting to back off some because they are starting to realize how solid I am with Ole Miss."

The three star rated offensive guard by Rivals.com has picked up ten official offers, including offers from every school in Texas with the exception of the Longhorns and the Aggies.

"SMU and North Texas were my last two offers," Benavides said. "UTEP, Baylor, Texas Tech, Rice and Houston have all offered. They all seem surprise how solid I am with Ole Miss."
Benavides is still looking at the option of enrolling at Ole Miss in January.

"My principal is telling me all I need to do is to set down with my counselors and work things out to graduate early," Benavides said. "It doesn't look it will be a problem. That way I can enroll and go through spring practice in Oxford next spring."

According to Benavides the injury to his hand will not hinder him playing this fall or the future.

"They are saying I will start my first game this fall," Benavides said. "I won't miss anytime at all. The doctors are saying it will be as good as new or even better."


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