Mahuika Feels Good Enough to Go

BYU fans cringed when they learned that slot receiver Bryce Mahuika was injured during voluntary summer workouts. It was especially worrisome with fall camp just around the corner. This week Total Blue Sports has been following the slot receiver's day to day progress as he works towards recovery and fall camp participation.

Mahuika garnered playing time last year as a true freshman. He was barely off his two-year LDS mission. BYU fans were excited about the future of Bryce Mahuika as a talented athlete. However, that excitement turned into fear after reports of an injury the last day of summer workouts.

"I was doing a ten yard crossing route and John [Beck] threw the ball low and away," he recalled. "I dove for the ball and the safety came down and dove at the same time and he hit in my shoulder and messed up my [shoulder]. That's pretty much what happened.

"It's been pretty frustrating for me, because the injury happened the last day of summer [voluntary] ball in a "skeli" drill. I was just super frustrated about it because I was ready to go. I was all excited, but it's been frustrating just to be watching."

On Tuesday, Mahuika received a shot in his shoulder and on Wednesday, he took off the red "I-can't-be-hit" jersey and participated in light drills. His hope was that on Thursday, he would be able to go through light scrimmage drills with the team. He expects to be 100-percent next week.

"I feel good enough to go," Mahuika said. "To this point I've just been doing all the non-contact stuff. Pretty much all the [full] scrimmages and stuff like that, the coaches have been holding me out of those.

"I did everything except scrimmage at the end. I did one-on-ones and three-on-twos. Everything felt good. The legs felt good, the routes felt good and catching the ball feels good. I guess the only thing I have to get to know is be able to bang somebody. So, when I bang into somebody with my shoulder then I should be good to go.

"It's supposed to be next week and that's what [the trainers] are telling me. I'll just do what they say and hopefully it works. I've been running around and doing all the normal stuff that we've been doing so I should be fine. I won't miss a beat and I'm ready."

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