Time to recover

Senior seasons are looked forward to. Chasing that elusive state title in your final year in high school. For Mick Stoltenberg the focus now becomes getting healthy.

Gretna (Nebr.) is having a great year. Many would deduce that it would be directly because of Mick Stoltenberg. The 6-foot-5 and 260-pound Nebraska commitment was lost early in the season though due to injury.

"I am done for the season," Stoltenberg said. "I tore my meniscus and had lateral cartilage damage in my knee."

Stoltenberg is actually nearing a month of being post surgery. He is going through physical therapy and says that he could have that wrapped up by the end of the calendar year.

"I had surgery about three weeks ago now. I am doing physical therapy. That will probably last until December or so."

Gretna head coach Chad Jepsen was unaware of the physical therapy timeline with Stoltenberg. He knows that it's still season ending, but acknowledged that it's a pretty quick turnaround.

"I didn't know when he was going to be done with therapy," Head Coach Chad Jepsen said. "That is sooner than I actually kind of expected, but still that is for the season."

The fact that Stoltenberg might be wrapped up with his rehab by the end of the year might mean that he could be available for part of the winter seasons. The question is which one?

"Mick has played basketball before in past years. I wasn't sure if he was going to do that again this year or not. He had talked about possibly wrestling.

"With his therapy I really don't know what he will do in addition to playing football for Gretna. I will leave that up to him to think about."

Coach Jepsen went on to say that he was unsure when Stoltenberg was planning on taking his official visit to Lincoln.

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 11 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 13 years.
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