Givens Returning To Form

In September, Wylie (TX) athlete Chris Givens tore his left ACL in a high school game, sitting him out for the remainder of his high school career. One month later, Givens decided his collegiate future as he gave Wake Forest an oral commitment to play football in Winston-Salem.

During DeaconSports' last update on Chris Givens on October 31st of 2007, the 6', 200-pound athlete said he was told that it would take 3-5 months for him to rehab his knee in order for him to run again. "In 3-5 months, I can begin running," Givens told DeaconSports on the last day of October. In under three months, Givens has recovered from his knee injury and is not only running, but running well and participating on his high school's track team.

"It's not as tough as it could be because I expected it and know what to do," said Givens who recovered from a torn ACL in his right knee a year ago. "I'm in track. I'm 14 weeks out of surgery and I'll be running the 100 for our track team this year. Just last week, I ran a 4.4 forty."

Although Givens is running well, he is still working to build his explosiveness. "I feel like I'm at the same place I was last year with it," he noted. "I'm on the my time schedule but I've got my speed back. I'm working on getting my explosiveness back out of my break."

Once Givens regains his explosiveness, he expects to enroll at Wake Forest and bring the type of ability Wake Forest senior receiver Kenny Moore brought to the Demon Deacon offense. "They've told me I can come in as a running back or slot receiver like Kenny Moore," Givens said. "At first, [my preference] was running back but as I watched Wake Forest's offense, I actually really like the slot too."

At this point, Givens is unsure whether or not he will enroll this summer with much of the rest of the freshman class. "I'm not really sure [when I'll enroll] because I've got to get my ACT score a point or two higher. Hopefully this summer. They're trying to get me there this summer and I want to get up there and try to make an impact. Since I've seen my recovery and how good I'm doing, I really want to talk to them about it and see what we can do."

Givens will sign with Wake Forest on February 6th at a signing day ceremony at his school.

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