[David Toney - For Shaw Media]
The Mustangs entered 2017 with high hopes based on the potential of quarterback Matt Greenwald and a defense with six returning starters in the front seven.
A year after breaking his leg during his junior season, Greenwald injured his leg in the opener last season and endured complications throughout his senior campaign. Junior George Ross played solid in two games, but he suffered a season-ending tore labrum on a fake punt in a Week 4 loss against Hinsdale South.
Downers Grove South assistant coach Paul Maggiore joked at the Red Grange Classic 7-on-7 on June 29 in Wheaton that keeping the quarterbacks healthy was the program’s main priority this season.
“The coaches and kids are working hard and we’re having a productive summer,” he said. “We want to stay healthy. We have had a bad run at quarterback for the last two years.”
Ross, a senior, wasn’t cleared to resume throwing until late March. His five-month recovery period did bring a few positives. He added some size and strength in his shoulders.
“It was tough,” Ross said. “I think I’m better now than last year, though. I went to therapy four times a week and just tried to stay in shape by running, so I could get ready faster for the season. I did so much strength work that I actually feel a lot stronger and more confident than last year.”