Those words? "Ahead of schedule."
Such is the case with Michael Cummings, a quarterback out of Killeen (TX) High School and a member of Head Coach Turner Gill's 2011 signing class at the University of Kansas. One of the most productive quarterbacks in the Lone Star State as a junior, the 5-foot-11 Cummings had his senior season cut short during a game in October when he tore both the meniscus and ACL in one of his knees.
It's been a long road back to health, he said, but he's been running on the leg for the past three months, in addition to light weight training and low-impact workouts in the pool.
"It was very frustrating," Cummings said. "It was more frustrating sitting out and watching basketball and watching track more than anything, not being able to participate with my classmates. But as far as rehab goes, I haven't hit too many obstacles – had too many setbacks."
He and the Kansas coaches still keep in frequent contact, particularly offensive coordinator Chuck Long. The architect of the Kansas offense just likes to keep tabs on how he's doing, Cummings said, talk about his family and - of course - the health of the knee.
With his June 10 move to Lawrence, Kan. fast approaching, he expects to be cleared for full activity during his final doctor's appointment June 9. Then it's time to go about the business of earning a spot on the field, a process which begins with learning the playbook.
Confident in his own abilities, Cummings is thinking big.
"My expectations for myself, I want to play," he said. "My freshman year I want to play."