Shelby Christy was all set to step on the field last fall following a redshirt year at Mississippi State.
But just a few days into camp, Christy tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee forcing him to miss the entire 2014 season.
Christy was forced to watch from the sidelines as his teammates put together one of the best years in program history.
“It hurt me to watch everybody that I came in with play,” Christy said. “I knew I was supposed to be out there playing with them.”
The Geismar, La., native tried to make the most of his time off by delving deeper into his playbook and watching film to keep his mental game shape while rehabbing the physical side of things.
“It’s been tough but I’m using it as another stepping stone for me to get better,” Christy said. “I’ve been studying my playbook and using the time to my advantage.”
Christy was already able to run by the time the season ended and estimated his healthy at around 75 percent. He is expected to be full go by the time spring practice starts next week.
Not only will this spring mark Christy’s return to the field but it will be in a new role as well. Christy will add some tight end duties to his responsibilities as a wide receiver to become a hybrid receiver.
“I’m going to be playing both wide receiver and tight end, kind of like Malcolm Johnson did,” Christy said. “I’m going to play at about 220 or 225-pounds and am about 215 right now so I’m close. B.J. Hammond and I will have the same type of role.”
Christy came to MSU as a three-star wide receiver catching 39 passes for 663 yards and five touchdowns during his senior campaign at Dutchtown High School.