Caruso says he will take medical redshirt


When former Berwick High School standout linebacker VC Caruso signed with Mississippi College in April, the talk was all about his knee and how he had come back from a torn ACL and played his senior season.

Now at Mississippi College, the knee is doing so well that Caruso said that he has been cleared to not wear a knee brace anymore.

While the knee may be fine, now Caruso has turned his attention to his shoulder, which he said must be operated on and will force him to take a medical redshirt this fall.

Caruso said he recently learned of the news after taking a hit in practice and the shoulder was examined.

While he said the injury stems from his high school days, Caruso said working out during the past year and the two-a-days he completed for a week and a half were too much for the shoulder to bear.

“Right not it’s at the point of either having surgery or not playing football,” he said.

Caruso said he isn’t “real upset” about the setback because he will still have four years of eligibility remaining with the redshirt, and he will be able to get bigger, stronger and faster before next season.

Besides, he said that he wasn’t expecting to come to college and start right away, realizing it would take work and time to reach that point.

“We have a lot of older linebackers who are more mature,” he said.

Caruso said fall camp, which ended Tuesday, was tough and was basically a job because his day was filled with practice, film study and meetings.

“There was as much film (study) as there was practice,” he said.

Caruso said that actual practice was tough, too.

“It may not be LSU or Alabama, but you’re still playing against grown men,” he said. “You may be the best in high school, but once you get here, you’re just another number. You have to fight for your position, fight for everything.”

Right now, Caruso’s position is middle linebacker, and he said his goals for this season are to understand the defense and the playbook.

“It’s a lot more complex than I imagined it would be,” he said of the playbook. “That was my biggest problem.”

He said the biggest challenges are the decision-making that the middle linebacker, who he said is “the quarterback of the defense,” must make.

As a senior at Berwick High School, Caruso totaled 95 tackles and 10 sacks, earning second-team All-District 9-3A honors. He also was named Berwick’s Athlete of the Year.

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