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Vols QB commit Adrian Martinez working his way back into form

What's the status of the golden arm on a quarterback bound for Rocky Top? Let Adrian Martinez explain.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache is what some would call one of the “best of the best” at what he does.

What’s the team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers have to do with Tennessee football?

Those that pay close attention to the building of future rosters for the Volunteers know that verbally committed quarterback Adrian Martinez is at work rehabilitating a shoulder injury. Well, ElAttrache is the doctor who repaired the throwing arm of the signal-caller that has the potential to be one of the key players on the Tennessee roster.

ElAttrache is well-known in the field of Orthopedics as he is on the board of directors at the Kerman-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. He’s worked on the likes of Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant and Zack Greinke. Suffice it to say, the Scout four-star quarterback prospect was in good hands when he went under ElAttrache’s knife in the winter.

Martinez, who declared May 12 his intention to suit up for the Big Orange, is making progress toward getting back to 100 percent in time for his final season of prep football.

“I’m out of my (arm) sling; I don’t have to wear my sling anymore,” Martinez told InsideTennessee. “I’ve been doing physical therapy for about (four) weeks now. Really it’s a slow process and one that no one is really rushing me in. They’re making sure that I’m taking all the right steps and rehabilitating my shoulder the way I need to. I’m lucky to have my head coach, my doctors, my family. No one is rushing the process, they just want me to get to 100 percent.

“Really I’m very optimistic the way it looks and things like that. I’ll be good to go. Probably around the beginning of August, I’ll be good to start throwing and stuff like that. For the meantime, I’m just working on legs and footwork and kind of getting better in the film room, you know, on the board, drawing plays up, kind of getting a better grasp of the game because I can always improve, gaining knowledge no matter what. So that’s kind of what I’ve tried to take this situation like.”

As physical of a sport as football is, it was while playing basketball for Clovis West (Calif.) High School when the injury took place.“It was about the last minute of the game,” Martinez said. “I was guarding the point guard up front and we were pressing because we were down I think it was three points. I tipped the ball when he was trying to pass it. It rolled to one of my teammates, my teammates kind of flicked it to me and I grabbed it and I went up for the layup. As my right arm was extended, a player came and chopped my arm, and I dislocated my shoulder. Basically that’s what caused the partial tear in my labrum and eventually for me to have to have surgery.

“It was something I’d been dealing with the whole year, but I decided to play through it. I wanted to finish it out for my team and finish the playoffs and do my best. It kind of backfired on me but you know I wouldn’t take it back. I think things happen for a reason, and I think my shoulder will be stronger because of it.”

Prior to his senior year of high school, Quinten Dormady injured his shoulder. A surgery corrected the issue and now the Texas native is in contention to be the Vols’ starter. Martinez seems confident his issue wasn’t as tough of a deal.

“I heard (Dormady) had a shoulder surgery, and he was recovering from it,” Martinez said. “He obviously ended up fine from it. I know mine is more of a typical surgery and my surgeon is known to be…he works with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Rams. He’s very well-known and has a good reputation in throwing and shoulders. So I’m in a good situation. It’s just a matter of taking care of it now and doing all the right things. It’s been done before; people have come back from my injury. I don’t think there’s doubt in my mind that I can do the same.”

The right-hander accounted for 41 touchdowns for Clovis West as a junior. He's at work now to get his body right for a potential deep run into the playoffs in the fall.

“I’m 6-2, about 200 pounds. I’ve lost a little bit of weight with surgery and not being able to do the same things and whatnot.”

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