September 8, 2009

McRae completes comeback

Many fans thought they had seen the last of Brandon McRae as he was carted off on a stretcher during the Egg Bowl last season.

McRae suffered a compound fracture of his tibia as he attempted to make a cut on the turf at Vaught Hemingway Stadium. The injury required immediate surgery and months of rehab but when Mississippi State kicked off the season the 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior was back out there doing what he does best.

"I was excited," McRae said of the Jackson State game. "I was like a little kid in a candy store jumping around and stuff. I was just happy to be out there with my teammates and finally catch a ball and take a hit."

McRae made two catches in the opener for 21 yards and felt no pain or discomfort in his leg.

"I didn't have any problems with my leg at all," McRae said. "I didn't feel a thing. I took a hit on an out route going out of bounds. It wasn't anything too major."

In addition to his rehab, McRae also had to learn an entirely new offensive scheme and get adjusted to a new coaching staff including strength coach Matt Balis.

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