HARRISONBURG, Va. – Just 10 days removed from an emergency appendectomy, JMU sophomore starting quarterback Michael Birdsong was back on the field Friday, a full participant of practice.
Madison moved their practice session from this morning to this afternoon to accomidate the quarterback in hopes he would be cleared to return. Birdsong was happy to oblige, meeting with doctors this morning and finally getting the green light to practice.
He sent out the following tweet in celebration: “And after 10 days I'm back!! #jmufootball #letsgetit” (@Birdsong_M).
Birdsong looked sharp in practice Friday, running, spinning, throwing short and long balls and generally moving well. His head coach was pleased to have him back.
"We're much better on offense this afternoon than we've been than all of camp,” said head coach Mickey Matthews, with a smile.
Birdsong was also pleased with his first practice back on the field.
“You know I thought it was pretty good,” said Birdsong. “I didn't miss too much of a step, but I was a little rusty on some things. We'll get it together, we've got two more weeks."
In two weeks, Madison opens the season vs. Central Connecticut State. Birdsong said plainly he's planning to start that game. Matthews agreed and said there is no doubt Birdsong will be ready to go. When he is ready, the entire offense changes for the Dukes.
“When he's out doing it, all the other kids think it's gonna work out,” said Matthews. “Whatever he does is gonna be fine. He has all the intangibles you want as a quarterback, so we're glad he came back."
After an interesting start to the season, Birdsong says he's just ready for football.
“When I was in high school I blew out my knee and I came back when I wasn't supposed to. I've been through a lot of injuries and I come back fairly quickly,” said Birdsong. “I knew in my heart I'd be back for the first game. I knew I'd be back, so I'm not shocked about it. I'm just ready for August 31st."
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