STILLWATER — Blake Webb sped through the secondary, in motion almost effortlessly to the naked eye, finishing off a long touchdown catch and run in last week’s Orange Blitz.
Webb’s speed, often talked about but rarely on display so far in his young career, is again in play.
But effortlessly? Yeah, right.
Getting back to this point – in the mix of a crowded receiver position and bidding to make an impact in 2014 – has required rehab and resilience and plenty of effort, after Webb spent the majority of last season sidelined with an odd and painful foot injury.
“It’s been amazing to be out here, catching passes, making plays,” said Webb, still a sophomore after receiving a medical redshirt for last season.
“I’m confident. I’m running hard. I feel like I’m back.”
And it’s a good feeling, after what Webb experienced at practice last September during the bye week between games against Lamar and West Virginia. Webb had hauled in a 16-yard touchdown catch against Lamar, and was back at practice that Monday.
Running a route, just running, something went wrong. In stride, Webb tore the ligament that holds up the arch of the foot.
“It was a weird feeling,” he said. “I made a cut and was running straight ahead and felt a snap. I caught a ball, then I looked down and saw something sticking out of my foot. I was like, ‘What is that?’ Then instantly, fluid filled it up. I was like, ‘OK, I’m done.’”
And yes, it was as painful as it sounds, if not immediately.
“It was pretty scary,” Webb said. “It wasn’t so much as soon as I did it, it hurt, but two hours after my whole foot was black and blue. I couldn’t walk.”
Now, there’s no slowing him down.
Webb has spent time with the track team as a sprinter – Tyreek Hill isn’t the only dual-sport standout on this Cowboys team – and believes he’s faster than ever.
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