Catching Up With Donovan Porterie

Donovan Porterie season ended last month. This week he had surgery on his injured knee and we had a chance to speak to him about how things are going.

September 20th, 2008 seems so long ago for Lobo fans, for starting Lobo QB Donovan Porterie it has been a lifetime. For those of you unaware of that date the Lobo football team went to Tulsa Oklahoma and were defeated 56-14, for Donovan Porterie the game ended his season as he was taken off the field in the 1st half with a season ending knee injury….

Porterie gets knocked down, but he will be up again

The Lobo football team had to find a way to move on without their team captain on the field, and for Porterie he had to come to grips with not playing football, surgery, and rehabbing his knee…

This week caught up with DP and find out how his knee surgery went. "I had two doctors that performed my surgery," says Porterie. "They worked well together and both have said the surgery went real good. They had to reinforce my MCL, but it should not delay the healing process. They said my leg was in real good shape, and my rehab should not be all that bad."

With the surgery complete Porterie told TRM that he should be back for spring ball in some capacity. "My doctors want me to at least participate in drills at spring ball," said an upbeat Porterie. "So I should be back for spring ball, they don't know about me scrimmaging then, but I should be 100% by June."

Two weeks ago shared some time with Porterie during The Mtn.'s Friday Night Prep Rally. We came away thoroughly impressed with Donovan's ability to keep a smile on his face and an upbeat attitude knowing that he was dying to be with his teammates in the Lobos' hotel preparing for the game vs. Wyoming. Tonight wasn't any different. I asked how he was feeling and the smiling Porterie said, "I'm really good now that I got the surgery, in about a week or so I can start my rehab," says Porterie. I'm going to concentrate on just working my way back and getting better then I was."

Like I said the guys' spirit is unbelievable, still he Porterie told me how much he missed playing…  "I have been with some of these guys for 3-4 years," said Porterie. "To have them taken from me has been hard. It is hard to be on the sideline cause I am competitor, and it is my team and I can't be out their with them. I try to keep them up lifted."

Don't for a second think Porterie is sitting around mopping and feeling sorry for himself though, as he has tried to take a role in helping new quarterbacks Brad Gruner and Tate Smith. "I try to give them as much help as I can, from what I see in film, and what
I have done against the teams we are playing. I tell them to just go out there and make plays." Porterie also has some words of advice for both young quarterbacks. Some valuable advice if I say so myself, "Try to take the leadership role."

Time and rehab are going to be the key for #15 to get back on the field, and Porterie told me he plans on attacking both like he does opposing defenses on the backfield… 

"Watch the clock I will be back."

all photos were shot by AP Photo

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