MSU's Griffin ready to put pain in past
Mississippi State senior running back Nick Griffin takes part in a stretching drill prior to Saturday's practice. (Photo by Rogelio V. Solis, AP)
Running back Nick Griffin is ready to put the pain of the last three seasons behind him and looks for a successful senior year for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
After suffering a knee injury in his redshirt freshman season, Griffin missed the first five games in 2011.
Griffin may have recovered enough to return to the field for the Bulldogs, but the pain remained at times.
The veteran said he is now healthy and hopes to follow a good spring with a solid fall.
"(In) these past couple of seasons, I was always aching," Griffin said during MSU media day Saturday. "My knee was always swollen and it was always feeling sore, but this year I don't feel any of that. I feel good and healthy."
Griffin was rated the No. 10 prospect in the state of Mississippi by Rivals.com out of Perry Central High School in New Augusta and he played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game.
The knee injury was a setback early in his career with the Bulldogs, but Griffin wants to be productive during his final year.
"I just want to go out with a bang," Griffin said. "I hope it will be a big year for me and big year for Mississippi State football."
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