May 7, 2012

Griffin not slowing down

Last spring Nick Griffin was sidelined by a knee injury that kept him off the field for much of his redshirt freshman season.

Now a year later Griffin appears to be poised for a strong sophomore campaign this fall following a stellar showing this spring at Mississippi State.

"Spring went pretty smooth," Griffin said. "I'm just trying to learn everything right now. It's been a bit of a transition. All I'm trying to do is get a little playing time. I've been hurt so it's just a blessing to be out here."

Griffin suffered his knee injury during a non-contact drill in spring 2011 but was able to return in time to appear in five games in the fall. He carried 16 times for 108 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for eight yards as a redshirt freshman.

The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder rushed for a career-best 80 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries against Tennessee-Martin in his second game back.

"The few reps I got last year was just a confidence booster," Griffin said. "After I got hit one time I was like 'Alright I can do this'. It had been a while (since I got in the end zone) so I'm trying to make that a place I can get familiar with."

Griffin worked as the second team tailback for most of spring behind LaDarius Perkins. He was used sparingly during the Bulldogs spring game carrying just three times. But he averaged seven yards per attempt and finished with 21 yards.

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