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J-Brink: Still returning

A nice fluff piece in The State about the Brinkley brothers has Jasper sounding dead-set on returning in 2008, for anyone still worried he'll pull a Sidney.

Brinkley, an All-SEC selection in 2006 who missed most of this season with a knee injury, has said repeatedly he intends to return to USC next fall. But defensive end Casper Brinkley, the other half of the Gamecocks' twin-brother tandem, hopes to hear his named called in the April draft. ...

Three months after undergoing surgery to re-attach the lateral collateral ligament, Brinkley is on schedule with his rehab, if not a little ahead.

"I have to slow him down more than anything else," said team doctor Jeff Guy, who performed the surgery. "He's doing well." ...

Mike Detillier, a Louisiana-based NFL draft expert, had Brinkley slotted as a late-second to early-third round pick before he collided with USC safety Emanuel Cook and an LSU receiver and tore the ligament.

"He's much better off returning back to school. I think any time you have that type of injury, you're not guaranteed anything," Detillier said. "You're better off returning back where you can increase your value as a football player on draft day."


So unless the agents get to him, we should be set. Maybe the team can hold Felix Jones to 250 yards in 2008, or at least 300. What? Too much to ask?