A few minutes with ... Alfred Blue

Alfred Blue won an intense competition to be the starting running back last season and seemed poised to have a standout year. But his season ended in the third game when he tore a knee ligament. After a lengthy rehabilitation, the senior from Boutte is healthy and eager to start the season Aug. 31. Blue talks about his return.

The Advocate: The opener is a little over a week away. How excited are you about getting back into a game after sitting for almost a year?

Alfred Blue: I’m real excited. It’s not the same going against your teammates. Just getting back in that game environment and going live and playing in front of all the fans, I’m eager to get out there.

TA: Have you thought about what it’s going to be like when you get on the field and touch the football for the first time?

AB: I think I’m going to have a few butterflies — just expecting that first hit and knowing (the knee) is OK. I think once I get that first hit out the way I’m going to come down and play ball.

TA: Do you expect to be in there for the first offensive play?

AB: I think there’s a good chance I will.

TA: Do you have any memories of AT&T Stadium after playing there in the Cotton Bowl as a freshman and opening the season there two years ago?

AB: It’s a great place to play. You’ve got that big old (video) screen sitting over your head. When the defense is on the field you can watch everybody. It’s a good environment to play in, but it’s like any other place. You have to go in there and take care of business.

TA: The Southeastern Conference coaches voted you on to their preseason third team despite the injury. Does it make you feel good that they expect you to return to that high a level after the injury?

AB: I take pride in that, but I have confidence in myself to do what I do best and that’s run the football.

Les East