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Jackson on the mend

Lewis Jackson hobbled in and hobbled out of the Purdue Memorial Union Ballroom Tuesday night.

Jackson had surgery last week to remove two screws from his left foot and is on crutches for a couple weeks.

"Surgery went well," Jackson said. "They put another elastic band in there, but the doctor said everything looked good. But he just wanted to be safe, and he put something in there for support."

Jackson said he will be out 6 to 8 weeks, and hopes he can start working out by June or July. But he will just have to wait and see how the foot heals.

"I'm praying this is the last time I'll be out that long, so I can get my rhythm back," he said.

Jackson initially injured his foot in November. He broke a screw in the foot later in the season.

"It was horrible," Jackson said of the pain. "At times, I couldn't move. I couldn't walk. The guys, we were in Spokane, they would walk. They were moving way fast, but I didn't want to tell them I was in pain. So it got tough, but I pushed through it."

  • Jackson was rocking a black cardigan with an embroidered lion in white, and wore glasses for the banquet. When asked about the stylin' look, he laughed and said he was "trying to grow up." Keaton Grant and E'Twaun Moore may have looked the snazziest, though. Grant wore a two-toned grey cardigan, a white shirt and a black tie, and Moore had an argyle sweater in black, gray and white with a black patterned tie underneath.

    "I pride myself on being the best-dressed on the team by far," Grant said with a smile. "E'Twaun gave me a run for my money (Tuesday)."

  • Grant is writing a book about the season -- he wrote all year and now it's "going over to the computer." He said he knows some people in publishing but wouldn't share too much about his business venture.

    "We'll see where it goes," he said. "I've already got my hands in a few things. I can't talk about it right now. I want it to be completed before I start talking."

  • Coach Matt Painter said at the banquet that outgoing senior Mark Wohlford is headed to George Mason for law school.
  • Susan Kramer was carrying a load out of the Union Tuesday night, including son Chris' two awards. Chris has gotten at least two awards every year at the banquets, he said. So where are they?

    "My brother (Matthew) overtook my room now, so where his old room was, there's like a Kramer shrine of like everything through the years, like from (Huntington North) high school and everything, all the posters and everything," he said.