Kordell Young, although limited in the pad-free practice to limit the swelling in his knee, may be back sooner than people think.
Head coach Greg Schiano said that he could see Young at full-go by the team's second scrimmage and Young said that he definitely hopes to be ready for Cincinnati.
"It felt great just to put a helmet back on and be out there with everybody else even though I was limited," Young said. "It was still a good experience. It was good to feel like a part of the team again."
The problem with Young's knee isn't lingering pain or any serious structural damage at this point, he said, it's just a matter of dealing with the swelling.
"I'm almost there," Young said. "It's just the minor things like the swelling that we're trying to focus on to see if it goes away. Tomorrow maybe I'll be doing more than I did today. It's a one-day process so hopefully I'll be ready."
Schiano said that the more Young progresses in his rehabilitation process, the more he will be integrated into the regular practice routine.
"He did what he was supposed to do, now we're going to see how he responds," he said. "If he does respond well, then we'll up his workload a little bit. We're just going to do that this week, and see if we can't get him going."
During Young's absence from the field, sophomore Joe Martinek and Jourdan Brooks have both emerged as leading candidates for the starting job at tailback. Young, although he may be fading in the competition because of his knee, said that he isn't concerned about the competition right now.
"I don't really worry about the competition because I'm not doing what they're doing and they're not doing what I'm doing and I know that in order for me to even get in a position to compete," Young continued. "I have to get healthy and I'm not healthy enough yet to get into a position to compete."
Young has only played in one full season with the Scarlet Knights, coming as a true freshman when he backed up Ray Rice. He had a season-ending knee injury in the third game of the season two years ago and was unable to play passed the Army game last season.
"I want it more than words can explain, but the process is going to take a little while," he said. "I'm just going to take control of the process and hope I get better. They haven't given me a timetable. They say to just take it a day at a time and go by based on how I feel. If I feel better, I'll do a little more. If I do even better then I'll do more the next day."
Young: I'm almost there
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