August 29, 2007

Defensive line answers questions in August camp

Heading into August camp Texas A&M had a ton of question marks dotting the defensive line. At the forefront was how seniors Red Bryant and Chris Harrington would return from injuries. Bryant had season-ending knee surgery last November prior to the regular season finale against Texas and Harrington had shoulder surgery in January.

Both players sat out the spring and August was the first time the duo hit the field together for eight months. Now that camp is over, both Bryant and Harrington are ready to hit the field.

"I feel like I'm ready. I'm looking forward to Saturday. I feel great," Bryant said.

"It's feeling good. It's feeling about 98 percent right now," Harrington said. "It's not all the way 100, but it's getting really, really close."

Harrington saying that his shoulder is only 98 percent may be concerning, but he said he's ready to go Saturday. The biggest problem for him in August, however, was the soreness of coming back and getting his shoulder in condition again.

"I didn't expect it to be as sore as it got, but we managed it well and we got through it good. The last couple of practices I haven't had any pain, so that's something that has been good for me," Harrington said. "Any time you're building muscle or rebuilding muscle you're going to get sore, especially coming off surgery. Just getting through that soreness, getting that inflammation out and getting those muscles strong again is what I kind of went through."

Bryant's drawbacks weren't the aches and pains of coming back from a major injury. His instead were in the head. Mentally, Bryant had trouble trusting his knee throughout camp, but with the season just a few days away he is feeling more confident in his knee.

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