August 28, 2007

Media day notes: Ricks' return and ticket sales

Three weeks ago, Hardy Ricks felt the "worst pain I ever felt." On Saturday he is preparing to feel it again.

Ricks, a sophomore cornerback, dislocated his shoulder in practice on August 7. Exactly three weeks later, he will return to practice at full speed for the first time on Tuesday.

"Everything's feeling good," Ricks said. "I'm getting my mind ready right now for the hitting. I feel like I'll be all right."

Well, at least until the game. Ricks said he has already been warned by Missouri's training staff that it is quite possible the shoulder will pop out again.

"They say it won't hurt as much," he said.

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