July 17, 2006
Valdosta - Former Dougherty High quarterback Ronnye Nelson's high school football career had a tough ending.
Not only was Nelson's final game a loss to Peach County for the AAA state championship, he also suffered a knee injury.
That knee injury cost Dougherty High their starting point guard on the basketball team and it sent Nelson into the operating room in January.
The injury though didn't worry Valdosta State head football coach Chris Hatcher who had a scholarship waiting for Nelson to sign in February.
Hatcher compares Nelson to quarterback Fabian Walker who of course led the Blazers to the NCAA Division II national championship.
Nelson's recovery has reached the point where he says he can begin working out this week for the first time since his surgery.
There is a still a chance that VSU may give Nelson a redshirt so that he will another year to recover but the fact that he is working out so soon after surgery shows the determination this young man has to get back on the field.
RonnyeNelson said "They told me that some athletes have come back earlier and I was hoping I could be one of those athletes. So, I told myself that I was going to train hard and rehab hard and hopefully I can be back."
Ronnye Nelson's roommate at Valdosta State this summer is Dougherty High teammate Xavier Cheevers.
Nelson says the talented running back will be walk-on for the Blazer football team this fall.