MSU’s Watts-Jackson describes painful aftermath of winning TD

Jalen Watts-Jackson entered the Oct. 20, 2015 news conference in a wheelchair.


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Jalen Watts-Jackson says he felt “pure pain” after reaching the end zone last weekend when he injured his hip while scoring the winning touchdown for Michigan State on a desperate fumble return against Michigan.

Michigan State defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson (20) runs towards the end zone after recovering a fumbled snap on a punt in the closing seconds of the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Ann Arbor, Mich
Michigan State defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson (20) runs towards the end zone after recovering a fumbled snap on a punt in the closing seconds of the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Ann Arbor, Mich

Watts-Jackson had surgery Sunday. He met with reporters Wednesday for the first time since entering Michigan State lore with his last-second TD. He came to the news conference in a wheelchair.

Watts-Jackson says he’d go through it all again if he had to. His return after Michigan’s punter fumbled a snap gave the Spartans a 27-23 win and kept their undefeated season going.

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