DeAndre Brown's recovery from a gruesome fracture of his left tibia in New Orleans Bowl last December is nothing short of miraculous. The 6-foot-6 Southern Mississippi receiver is no longer using crutches and now walks with a large protective boot. He is on course to play this fall.
Brown lost 30 pounds after surgery was performed to insert a rod into the leg and has been steadily putting on weight. He is now 221 pounds and has improved his bench press from 315 to 340 pounds.
"Hopefully, I can come back out there and make a few crushing blocks and run a couple of people over," he said.
Lance Line, who performed the surgery on Brown, plans to X-ray the leg again next month. If everything goes according to plan, Brown will no longer have to wear the boot.
"Once we can tell it's healing safely, we'll let him out of the boot," Line said. "It just depends on how it goes. We're taking it week by week and month by month."