Pelayo working towards starting spot

Their are many stories to look for this spring in the world of Wildcat football, but none is perhaps more important then the progress of Ernie Pelayo's injured knee.

"My knee is doing real good," Pelayo said. "My rehab is getting more intense, and I'm getting to move on it."

"I'm hoping to be ready by mid-May right before finals. So I'm looking to come back after the break and be ready to get started. I like the rehab because I don't like being on crutches, and I don't like being hurt. So I'm going to do whatever it takes to get up and moving."

"Coach Brooks said that it would be better not to rush so they're going to sit me out for the spring and just give me some drills that I can do," Pelayo said. "Coach said, ‘We're looking at the overall picture and that we're not going to win a national championship in the spring.' He said they'd get me ready for fall camp and that I can show what I can do."

Pelayo was a two-year starter at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., starting at right tackle as a sophomore and left tackle as a freshman. He was selected as an honorable-mention All-American by the JC Gridwire. Named first-team all-state among the 72 California junior colleges that play football. First-team All-Foothill Conference. Team's offensive captain. Honorable-mention all-conference as a freshman.

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