Sherrard Harrington opted not to have surgery last fall and has patiently undergone physical therapy trying to recover from his injury.
"I've been doing everything," Harrington said this week. "I've been practicing, well, not practicing, but when we're doing one-on-ones out there, I'm out there. I'm good."
Harrington is a speedy cornerback from Woodson High School in Washington D.C., who probably could have made a significant impact on the CU defense if he was healthy last season. The Buffs' secondary was devastated by injuries and suspensions through the majority of the season.
"Definitely. I had frustration at points where I felt that I could help the team out," he said. "That was a really frustrating point for us to be losing an stuff like that because I came from a program where we won a lot of games. So I wasn't really used to the losing mentality that was going on."
Harrington said he is about 95 percent healthy and believes he will be 100 percent by the time spring football starts March 10.
Harrington will have plenty of competition for playing time during his redshirt freshman season. Players such as Jered Bell and Parker Orms should be fully healthy and CU is expected to sign at least four cornerbacks in the 2012 recruiting class on Wednesday, including two of his former high school teammates Kenneth Crawley and John Walker. A third high school teammate, defensive end De'Jon Wilson, also is committed to Colorado.
Harrington said his recovery has seemed like a marathon at times, but he has done his best to remain patient and positive.
"I mean, everything happens for a reason," Harrington said. "It's all part of God's work. So I'm not really worried about it and I wasn't really worried about it. I just tried to focus on learning and not really worry about the injury and stuff like that. But it has been a long process and it's long overdue."