A year later, Mitchell nearing 100 percent

USC redshirt freshmen Steven Mitchell tore his ACL on June 7 during a voluntary player-practice. Now over a year later, the receiver says he's almost 100 percent as he returns to the field in preparation for fall camp...

Video, USC receiver Steven Mitchell discusses his ACL recovery after summer practice...

A year after suffering an ACL tear during summer workouts, USC receiver Steven Mitchell is back on the field for the Trojans and is almost ready to play without restriction.

Mitchell participated in Thursday's conditioning drills and player-run practice without a large knee brace on his right knee, which he has worn throughout his recovery from knee surgery.

"I'm almost 100 percent," Mitchell told Scout. "By [fall] camp I should be ready to go."

The redshirt freshman says the mental recovery from the season-ending knee injury has been almost as difficult as the rehabilitation process itself.

"When I first got the injury, it messed me up in the head," said Mitchell. "That was the first big injury I ever felt."

USC's tentative fall camp start date is Aug. 4.

Mitchell says he will be ready to take the field to show the staff his speed, quickness, and ability to shift around his defenders.

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