Ronny Vandyke discussed his injury with the media on Wednesday.
On whether it’s a shoulder dislocation as he called it on Twitter, or a sprain as the school’s official release stated: “A sprain? No, that thing came out! It came out, then it came back in. The doctor said it wasn’t that bad because it came in by itself, but if it came out and then they had to put it back in, that’s when it can get serious. Right now I’m waiting to get my MRI tomorrow to see what’s really going on with my shoulder, and just take it from there.”
On how much he’s able to use his shoulder right now: “It’s kind of hard, even though I’m in a blue jersey (which signifies limited practice). It gives me the opportunity to do what I can, but I just try to be start about this injury. I’ve been preparing, not just for Bama, but I’ve been preparing for a 12 week season. I’m just trying to be cautious about this and smart about his whole thing and really know in my heart that I’m ready to go so I can be a good player for my teammates.”
On how much progress he had made before the injury: “I feel like I was getting better each and every day. Of course, you know, I wasn’t having perfect practices. There were still things I need to work on, some little things I need to work on to be that player that I can be for the defense. But overall, I feel like I was getting better each and every day until that injury happened. Everything happens for a reason, I know God has a plan for me, and this is just part of His plan. I just have to put trust in Him and know that He has everything under control.”
On whether he’s day to day: “Yeah, yeah. Really I’m just like ‘well Ronny, just be smart about it.’ Like I said, there’s no need to rush to come back. I’m preparing for a season, not just for one game. If it was a one game season, I probably would have been practicing the next day. I’m just trying to be smart about this, really take care of my shoulder, really know that I’m ready to come back so I can perform at the highest level.”
On what he thinks of the backups at whip, Josh Trimble and Derek DiNardo: “I feel like those guys can do the same things I can do. We’ve been in the meetings, watching film, going over the playbook. I have tremendous confidence in Josh Trimble and DiNardo. I have no worries with them at all.”
On what exactly the doctors will be looking for when they do the MRI: “[Seeing] if there’s a tear, if there’s a bruise, the little things that you won’t really see in an X-ray. I’ve been praying and hoping that there’s nothing wrong with it, that it’s just a little speed bump.”
On what he’s seen in practice from Tech’s new offense: “From a defensive perspective, I feel like there’s been a huge change. I see that they are getting better. They’ve gotten a lot better, actually. I’m really excited and looking forward to the first game to see that their work all this preseason camp, that they really show the nation what they’ve been working for.”