Local Athlete Coming Back From Injury

St. Martinville High's Lance Charles 2008 season starting out with a bang, rushing for 100 yards in five consecutive games and being named MVP of the parish Jamboree. But Charles's season came to an abrupt end in the fifth game of the season, with a torn ACL

Before the injury that ended Lance Charles junior year, more then a few college football programs notice he was averaging over 100 yards per game rushing and finished with 32 pass receptions. The "6-0", 180-pound athlete showed a quick change of burst and the elusiveness in the open field that would get any college recruiter excited. The Cajun RedZone caught up with Lance this week and spoke to him about his progress on rehabbing his injured knee.

"The doctors cleared me to participate in spring with my knee brace," Lance stated. "I going to work with the team, but the coaches are going to keep me out of contact during the spring practices. I've been working out hard with a couple pro athletes like current CFL star Kerry Joseph, so I'm ahead of schedule right now."

Lance attended several UL spring football practices and mentioned that the Cajuns were among several schools still interested in him after his knee injury.

"UL and Minnesota have continued to contact me after my injury," said Charles. "Some of the other state schools like McNeese State have also sent my letters as well. But the Cajuns and Minnesota have been the only Div. I programs to stay with me during the injury."

But Lance Charles hopes to increase that number of potential suitors with a very busy summer.

"I've already football camps at Texas and Florida," Lance stated. "I plan on attending UL's prospect football camp and schedule a few during the summer before fall practice begins."

Lance just recently took the ACT for the first time, but scored a 16. But Charles maintains a 3.0 GPA and is confident he will improve upon that score.

"I'm confident that I can improve on the test score," said Charles. "I didn't take the ACT prep course and just went in and tested without really preparing for it. I'm not too concerned about raising it during the year."

If Lance Charles returns to his pre-in jury form, he will be an athlete local high school football fans will enjoy watching this fall.

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