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Injury bug a persistent pest

By DAWN REISS
Published October 20, 2006


Citrus sophomore running back Antoin Scriven has dealt with two ankle injuries this season. The first to his right ankle the week of the Sept. 8 Gulf game. He then sprained his left ankle during the Oct. 6 Lake Weir game. Times staff writer Dawn Reiss caught up with Scriven, last year's 1,470-yard rusher who scored 18 touchdowns with 1,777 total yards, before Thursday's practice.

 

How are you doing right now?

"I'm just to trying rest it up and get better. I hope to get back by tomorrow. It's been stressful because of the injury. I haven't been able to be myself lately.

I'm just resting as much as possible. I'm icing it left ankle in practice for the whole practice. Fifteen minutes off and on."

 

Your ankle and thigh were both wrapped Friday night. What did you do to your thigh?

"Oh, that. That was just for show."

 

How did you injury your left ankle?

"It was during the Lake Weir game. Somebody landed on it. I ran a sweep and got tackled on my stomach and somebody landed on it."

 

Did you know you had sprained it at the game?

"No. I didn't notice it until after the game."

 

I hear you've been drinking pickle juice for some bad cramps. How much are you drinking?

"A cup after every practice."

 

What was it like to watch last week's game from the sideline?

"I couldn't stand it, especially because the district title was on the line. I had to tell them I wish I was there."

 

Are you playing (tonight)? Do you have to get a doctor's okay to play?

"It depends on me, if I feel like if I'm ready. I don't know really."

 

How will you decide if you will play?

"If I can take the pain inside. I haven't been practicing the past couple of days; it's been bothering me."

 

What has your mother said about all your injuries?

"She tells me to be careful, that I have a long road ahead of me."

 

How exactly did you injury your other ankle earlier in the season?

"It was a week before the (Sept. 15) Lecanto game. I was messing around outside."

 

Playing basketball?

"No. I tripped over something."

 

Like a garbage can?

"No. Something smaller, much smaller."

 

Smaller like a rock?

"Yeah, something like that."

 

Dawn Reiss can be reached at dreiss@sptimes.com or (352) 860-7303.