This is the time of the year that teams and players are dealing with a few nagging pains and bruises.
One Mississippi athlete finds him returning to the gridiron last week after spending three weeks off with a sprained ankle.
Senatobia star athlete Quintavius Burdette plays quarterback, wide out, and running back for his team. The standout Northwest Mississippi school is probably very excited about having Burdette back in the lineup.
"I played some last week," Burdette told AStateNation.com. "My ankle was still a little tender."
Burdette committed to Arkansas State over the summer, knowing he would be in good hands with Senatobia native and Red Wolves Head Coach Hugh Freeze.
"Coach Freeze is well known around our town and community," Burdette said. "He is a great guy that coached Michael Oher in high school. He comes from a great family here in my hometown."
While Burdette has been injured, it hasn't kept him from keeping up with his future college team.
"They are doing good," Burdette said. "They whipped Memphis really bad, that was impressive."
Burdette is being recruited by the Red Wolves recruiting coordinator Maurice Harris.
"Coach Harris is a great guy," Burdette said. "I'm very solid on my commitment, we talk quite a bit. I'm excited about going to school there next fall."