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Jul 19, 2013 7:06 PM by Andrew Masuda

After year of rehab, Nipomo's Britt ready to make an impact with Mustangs

In a little more than two weeks, Nipomo High graduate Kevin Britt opens his junior season with the Cal Poly football team with plenty to prove. The defensive back admits he has a chip on his shoulder. "I just feel I haven't really, you know what I mean, proven myself to the team and everyone that I can go a whole year. You know what I mean. I have to establish that I am the guy," said Britt. Last spring, the 6 foot, 1 inch Britt hurt his back weightlifting. He further injured it in practice late in Spring Camp. "I'm guarding someone and I go to turn and open and then I have no feeling in my leg and it's into my calf and into my foot. So i couldn't really run or anything," recalled Britt. A MRI revealed two torn lumbar vertebrae in his spine. The pain went all the way down his leg. Doctors told him he could either have surgery that would leave him pain free but end his ooball career, or undergo a year of rehab. Britt said it was a no-brainer. He's undergone a year of physical therapy and a rehab that included a lot yoga and pilates."It really focused on my core, my lower core and then my back muscles. They got me ready. So I feel great, ready for camp," said Britt, who runs a 4.5 time in the 40 yard dash. Kevin played in four games his freshman year with the Mustangs and made four tackles as a backup cornerback. He missed his entire sophomore season with the back injury. He finally suited up in April and intercepted a pass in the Spring Game. Head coach Tim Walsh, who recruited Britt, is anxious to see how the speedy defensive back does in training camp. " The one thing he gives us is size. One of the things we've had problems with is tall wide receives. So he would have a role that's no question. How big the role is depends on how healthy he is number one and how he does during two a days," said Walsh. "You really have to prove in camp going into the season that you're the guy to start. That's what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to be that starter," affirmed Britt. It's a restart or second chance for Britt, who's looking to stay healthy and help the Mustangs defend their Big Sky Conference title. The Mustangs conduct their first practice on Monday, August 5. The season opener is Saturday, August 31 at home against the University of San Diego. Britt graduated from Nipomo High in 2010. He caught 53 passes for 893 yards and 11 touchdowns, as well as made 71 tackles his senior year for the Titans.

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