It’s been nearly a year since Kevin Britt has been a factor at Cal Poly football practice.
But in case anybody forgot the junior cornerback’s name, he got it called in Saturday’s spring game.
The former Nipomo High standout came up with an interception of quarterback Dano Graves that had to have some saying, ‘Oh, yeah, Kevin Britt.’
He was on track to becoming a key contributor in the defensive backfield before a lower back injury forced him to the sidelines last spring.
Now, he has to make sure he isn’t forgotten again.
“I’ve just got to prove not only to coaches but players, too, that I didn’t lose a step,” Britt said. “I deserve to be on the field. I’m ready wherever they need me as long as my body’s ready.”
Britt has spent most of the past calendar year performing therapy in the form of pilates and other core-strengthening exercises, hoping to stabilize his lower back, where a vertebrae tear and bulged disk were revealed by tests shortly before the 2012 season opener last fall.
He’s rid of the shooting pain that traveled from his back down through his legs, but he’s still been dealing with back stiffness at Cal Poly’s early morning practices.
But if Saturday’s performance was any indication, his back is ready for action.
Shadowing a nearby defender, Britt made a quick reaction on a pass tipped by another receiver and caught a ball he barely had time to see.
He regretted losing his balance and falling to the ground while completing the catch but was happy about the way his back held up.
“Spring practice was pretty rough,” Britt said. “My body’s getting adjusted to the little things, so I had to stay on top of it with ice baths, stretching two or three times a day.”
But Saturday, “it felt so good, better than any practice. It’s great to be out here taking advantage of every rep.”