Fresno State outside linebacker Ejiro Ederaine, who toughed his way through 2014 with two banged-up shoulders that required two offseason surgeries, is on track to be a full-go in the fall.
The 225-pound senior, who despite the injuries led the Bulldogs with 12.5 tackles for loss, had his left shoulder repaired on New Year’s Eve and his right Feb. 13.
“I’m going on my third week, so it feels about the same. I’m about to start rehabbing this (right) one,” Ederaine said as the Bulldogs opened spring practice this week. “After I get my slings off, probably in April I’ll start doing more stuff, two-handed stuff. As spring ball goes on, I’m going to start doing a lot more with my left, because I’ve reached that time where I can start getting my strength back with the left one and then early June I’ll probably be fully cleared and I can start building the strength up and getting ready for camp.”
Ederaine is not in any drills this spring, but he definitely is around the outside linebacker group and defense.
“He’s still just as loud on the sideline,” coach Tim DeRuyter said.
Fresno State is anxious to get him back on the field, with Ederaine having proven to be very productive when fully healthy. As a sophomore, he led the Bulldogs with 16.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He had 7.5 more tackles for loss and five more sacks than anyone else on the defense.
“It’s impressive, just as far as a toughness,” DeRuyter said of that injury-wracked season a year ago. “Back in the old days guys would play with a separated shoulder all the time, but not necessarily two of them. But he has got some grit to him. He would go out there and he’d throw it in there and … as hard as he could. He might get knocked out for a play or two, but he would not shy away and that kind of toughness is what we’re looking for and being a senior leader, bringing that to our defense when he gets back here is going to be a big plus.
“You’d love to have him in the spring because those extra reps help, but he knows what he’s doing. He should be fine by summer and we expect him to have a big year this year having all that experience. Hopefully he can get in the weight room sooner rather than later once this all heals so that he can have a terrific year, because he’s a guy that can be an impact player for us and we need him to be.”