No one is happier to see Gerren Griffin back at JMU football practice, than Griffin himself.
The junior started the Dukes' first four games at weak safety this season, but hasn't played since the Appalachian St. game because of a rare eye infection.
At one point last month, head coach Mickey Matthews worried that Griffin's season might be over, and that he might even lose sight in the eye.
But the eye has cleared up, and on Monday Griffin was cleared to resume practicing with his teammates, which he did Tuesday.
"I was just waiting, because I knew I had a chance to come back eventually," says Griffin. "And now I'm just ready to do what it takes to help the team. If that's special teams, I mean, I'd be a cheerleader, if that's what it takes to win the national championship."
"I would anticipate Gerren's going to play pretty well. He's a really smart guy," says Matthews. "I think he's going to play pretty well, but we'll have to see. That's why it's a good time to get him back, on the open week."