Michaelee Harris working his way back

Following a stellar redshirt freshman season, University of Louisville wide receiver Michaelee Harris missed all of 2012 after suffering a torn ACL during Belk Bowl preparations. Harris recently spoke with Cardinal Authority about the 2012 season and his rehab progress.

One of the highest-rated commitments in the 2010 recruiting class, wide receiver Michaelee Harris arrived at the University of Louisville with high expectations.

A product of Miami (Fla.) Northwestern, where he teamed up with Teddy Bridgewater, Harris (6'2, 192) had hopes of playing as a true freshman until a torn ACL would sideline him for the season.

Following a season of rehab, Harris started 12 games as a redshirt freshman, when he finished second the team with 37 receptions for 455 yards. As the Cardinals were preparing to face NC State in the Belk Bowl, Harris suffered his second torn ACL (different knee) and would be sidelined again.

He spent his entire sophomore season recovering from the injury, enjoying the Big East and Sugar Bowl successes of the 2012 season through his teammates.

"It's difficult because you want to live those moments with those guys," he told Cardinal Authority. "They make sure that they didn't forget about me and that I'm part of the team and live that moment from them. I'm looking forward to getting healthy so I can be with them this time."

Like his freshman season, Harris would spend the next year in rehab, with the goal of being ready to go by the coming season.

Harris recently told Cardinal Authority that he's about "80%" in his recovery process. While he is improving physicially, he remains patient and steadfast with his rehab plan.

"I just have to take everything slow," Harris explained. "I try not to be to anxious and just do what the training staff has set out for me."

While his fellow receivers are now working on their routes and participating in 7-on-7's, Harris is limited. His priority remains on improving his overall strength. He has yet to be cleared to run routes, so he uses the time to learn the plays and do a little coaching himself.

"It's always good to be out there and going over plays with the guys, and maybe help out coach a little bit," he said. "I just have to work on strength and conditioning right now. Working on routes and those kinds of things will come later at camp."

Wide recievers coach Ron Dugans didn't hesitate in admitting that the return of Harris to his stable of receivers would be a siginicant add.

"If he does that, it would be big for us," said Dugans.

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