Darryan Ragsdale bounces back from injury to complete the season with the Braves

Alcorn State University football running back and Pelahatchie, Miss. native Darryan Ragsdale was on his way to a remarkable season as the Braves top rusher. Everything was going perfect until he was sidelined after he suffered a forearm fracture against Grambling in October.

“I was devastated,” said Ragsdale, who majors in recreation. “I was reflecting on how good of a start I had gotten at the start of the year.”

Although Ragsdale wasn’t able to reach his goal of rushing for 1,000 yards this season, he was granted another reward; the opportunity to play in the SWAC Championship game. Ragsdale is excited about healing just in time for the big game.

“It feels great to bounce back from a pretty bad injury and play with my teammates again. It feels even better to play in a college championship game.”

Despite being slowed by injury, Ragsdale managed to find the end zone seven times this season while rushing for 686 yards this season. Ragsdale proved that slowing him down was a burden for the Braves’ opponents as he averaged 8.6 yards per carry.

Ragsdale has confidence that his football ability will help get him into the National Football League one day.

“My dream is to play in the NFL after I graduate. I’ve always wanted to make an impact on the professional level. I think that if I continue to get better, then I would have a great shot at making it into the league.”

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