Coastal Carolina quarterback Alex Ross hasn’t been able to take part in spring practice while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but it’s still been a productive period for the Chanticleers’ offensive leader nonetheless.
As the Chants went through their final spring practice Thursday in advance of the annual spring game, which will be played Saturday afternoon at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, Ross talked about his progress in rehabbing his injured throwing shoulder and gave an encouraging assessment.
“I feel really good. I got all my range of motion back, now I’m starting to work on my strength. I should be throwing in the next month or so,” he said. “[I’m] actually ahead of schedule.”
In a performance that will stand at the forefront of Ross’ legacy at Coastal Carolina, he played most of the Chants’ 2014 NCAA FCS quarterfinals game at North Dakota State with what coaches later confirmed to be a separated shoulder.
He finished 11-of-24 passing for 197 yards and an interception and rushed for 20 yards and two touchdowns as the Chants held an early fourth quarter lead in that Dec. 13 game before losing 39-32 to the eventual four-time reigning FCS national champions.
“I don’t think the majority of people knew that my arm was hurt during the game, but with the adrenaline going and my teammates around me, there was no other choice but to play in that game,” Ross said. “I felt like I had to and I love being out there. If I can play, I’m going to play.”
He was the Big South Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award last season while setting conference single-season records for total offense (4,080 yards), passing yards (3,389) and completions (271) and also rushing for 691 yards. He passed for 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions and rushed for nine scores.
And overall after two years as a full-time starter, he owns the Chants’ career records in passing yardage (6,909) and completions (529) and ranks second in Big South and school history in total offense (8,264).
In looking ahead to his senior season, Ross said he doesn’t expect to be hindered in any way with aftereffects from the shoulder injury.
“The majority of the time with this injury your arm will come back stronger than it was before,” he said. “So I’m looking forward to that.”
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