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Published August 24, 2011, 11:34 AM

Bison standout linebacker tackles hip socket injury

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - Brandon Jemison has experienced pain on the football field, but there was one injury to his hip that he just couldn't shake after last season wrapped. The injury required him to undergo a unique surgery.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

Brandon Jemison - NDSU Junior Linebacker: “I'm pretty good speed wise just a little pain here and there, but it's nothing too major.”

Playing with pain is nothing new for Bison linebacker Brandon Jemison. The former South standout has spent the better part of his NDSU career playing with damage in his hip socket, but over the winter, Jemison decided to tackle the issue.

“It's a pretty serious injury, but it's a new surgery. The surgery has been around for like ten or fifteen years. I wasn't really sure how long it was going to take until I could play again if it was going to heal correctly a lot of question marks for me personally but I trust the doctors and hopefully it lasts.”

After sitting out spring drills, Jemison spent his summer aggressively rehabbing to make sure he'd be ready for fall camp. Now in his 3rd week of practice, Jemison says he still deals with a little pain, but his teammates say it's like he was never gone.

Chad Willson - NDSU Sr. Linebacker: “He's getting his speed back. He is making good strides in his recovery and it's good. We want him out there. He is a great player, he is definitely an asset to our defense and it's good to see him running around.”

Scott Hazelton - NDSU Defensive Coordinator: “He'll have up and down days some days. He will be stiff and be slow and then other days he starts playing well and playing pretty fast.”

If there's one positive to come out of Jemison's absence, it's the depth that has emerged at his position.

“Guys like Travis Beck, we are starting to trust him a little bit more. They are getting to the point where they are taking snaps and not needing anyone helping him.”

“All the guys can play. We are fighting to see who is going to be on the bus. All these guys have depth and talent. We all have the same qualities as a linebacker.”

And with a healthy Jemison back in the fold, look for the NDSU defense to have another big year. Craig Bohl says Jemison is on schedule to start against Lafayette next saturday.