PSU football player returns to field after brain surgery

Portland, OR -- The upcoming Portland State University football season is one the Steven Long is looking forward to.

He's finally healthy enough to play for the Vikings.

"I feel great, my body feels good, we're on day 13 of practice and I feel great coming out each and every day," Long said after practice Monday.

Long was a highly regarded recruit out of Lake Oswego High School. He ran for more than 2,000 yards his senior season and was named Oregon's 6A offensive player of the year when the team won the state championship.

He was primed to play for Portland State in the 2013 season when something devastating happened. He suffered a seizure in his dorm room.

It was later determined he would need brain surgery to remove a lesion.

It's been nearly two years since Long played in a game. Now, he says, "I'm excited t get out there, I can't wait."

He'll likely be a backup running back and play on special teams when the Vikings open the season August 30th against Oregon State.

Long says he's just glad to be playing in a game again.


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