Freshman TE Alex Sanders 6'5" 225 lbs., 4.6 forty, had surgery to repair a torn ACL more than a year ago, then enrolled at Missouri last January to begin his rehabilitation. Until the recent early bowl practices, he hadn't played football since midway through his senior season in high school. He took time to visit with ShowMeMizzou.
Sanders talked about how practice has been going. "Practicing is fun, but it's tough not getting to play. I've enjoyed it so far. I'm just trying to get back to where I was before my injury."
I asked Alex if he's fully recovered from his injury. He answered, "That's hard to answer. The surgery's healed, I'd say about 90%, but I've been off so long that I'm not that close to being back athletically. I've got to rebuild the muscles, and get back my speed and explosiveness........... I don't know about my forty time, but I know that my vertical jump is down about 5 inches from what it was."
As far as getting back into the swing of things in practice, Sanders indicated that he's pretty rusty, but that he expects that it will all come back to him. He's trying to improve his practice habits, to develop muscle memory that will result in his improved play.
He said that he was doing OK in school, after having made the adjustment from high school.
He's still learning the Missouri offense, and expects to begin spring ball listed as the number three TE. "My goal is to get that starting spot........... I know I'll get all the way back, and be even better than I was before. It's coming along."