Council Tests Knee at Camp

What a difference a year makes. Last summer at North Carolina's camp, Anthony Council earned a UNC scholarship offer from the John Bunting regime. Almost a year later, a coaching change and knee injury have forced Council to prove himself once again.

Council, a 6-foot 210-pound tailback from Goldsboro (N.C.), auditioned Saturday during UNC's first one-day camp of the summer.

"I thought I did pretty good," said Council. "I thought my knee held up pretty good. My doctor told me not to cut so hard, but I thought I did pretty well."

During a game last fall, Council tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. Still in rehab, his knee isn't 100-percent just yet.

"I feel as though it's starting to get close to [100-percent]," said Council. "I really won't know until I pad on the pads and take some hits."

If nothing else, Council showed himself how from his knee has come.

"When I was over there with Coach Browning, he has us doing a couple of moves where we had to do a lot of cutting," said Council. "I feel like that told me a little bit about myself. I didn't think I was capable of doing that, but I did it."

Council has yet to hear from the UNC coaching staff to get their thoughts on his performance Saturday, but said he expects to hear from primary recruiter Tommy Thigpen this week.

Outside of North Carolina, Council is hearing a lot from Virginia, who is also interested in the progress of his knee.

Recently Goldsboro introduced Eric Reed as their new head football coach. Reed, who is a long time friend of Council's mother, expects to revolve the offense around Council.

Last year in just nine games, Council rushed for 1,600-plus yards and 22 touchdowns. With a full season as a sophomore, he totaled 2,129 yards and 28 touchdowns on 321 carries.

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