|Carrothers ready to lead WSSU|
|Independence High grad OK after offseason surgery|
|Published Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:37 am|
Winston-Salem State quarterback Anthony Carrrothers’ shoulder is on the mend.
|Winston-Salem State quarterback Anthony Carrothers (right) is ready to compete at quarterback after offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.|
Carrothers, an Independence High graduate who is expected to be the Rams’ starting quarterback, underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder on April 24. The right-hander was inactive for several weeks, but has resumed workouts and is running as part of his conditioning program. He hasn’t been lifting weights, however, because of the surgery.
“It feels good to throw again,” Carrothers told the Winston-Salem Journal last week. “I just want to get in that groove again and I’ve been throwing to my guys about three or four times a week.”
Carrothers, a redshirt junior who played at Independence High, transferred to WSSU from Grambling State, where he went 8-2 as a freshman starter in 2010. He sat out the 2011 campaign but was productive in relief of senior starter Kam Smith, who missed two postseason games with a shoulder injury. Carrothers helped the Rams to the CIAA championship game win against Elizabeth City State and went 2-0 in the Division II playoffs before Smith took over. Carrothers, who played in 12 games for the national runner-up, finished the season with 54 completions in 101 attempts for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns against four interceptions.
“I’m taking this like it’s my freshman year at Grambling and I have something to prove,” he told the Journal. “I’m getting better each week and I’m rehabbing my shoulder and doing everything that (Dr. Michael Freehill) tells me to. I’m climbing the ladder to get back to 100 percent.”
Carrothers will compete with redshirt junior DeShean Townsend and Tennessee transfer E.J. Abrams-Ward for the starter’s job. Fall drills open in August and the Rams open the season Sept. 5 at UNC Pembroke.
“We knew with Anthony it was a six to eight week process and we think he will be 100 percent by the time we hit the practice field,” WSSU head coach Connell Maynor said. “He’s right on schedule and that’s good to know.”
The Rams will be favored to win their third straight CIAA title and extend an unmatched period of dominance that includes a 35-4 record under Maynor and 20 straight regular season wins. Carrothers is looking forward to the challenges of staying on top.
“We have the bull’s eye on our back and everybody says that Winston is getting all this praise and we know the teams we face would love to beat us,” he said. “We just want to go out there and win games – that’s what we’re about. That’s why I’m working hard to get back out there, because it’s about winning games.”
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