The long road back for Seely

It wasn't supposed to be like this. Kamiak LB Marcel Seely had hoped to have a big junior season in 2007 that would propel him to even bigger things in 2008 as one of the top prospects in the state of Washington. However, a knee injury and an allergic reaction to his pain medication have made the hard-hitting player from north of Seattle work that much harder to get to where he wants to be.

"It's definitely been tough," Seely told over the weekend. "I lost about 40 pounds by the time it was all said and done.

"I lost about 20 pounds due to the injury because I couldn't work out and then another 20 because I had a bad reaction to my pain meds. It's been tough getting the weight back on, but I'm back to around 195 pounds right now and I should be around 210 or so by the time fall camp starts."

Last year, in early August, shortly before he began fall practices, Seely went wake-boarding and tweaked his knee. It turned out he tore the ACL in his left knee, but because there wasn't any pain and just a little swelling, Seely decided to just tough it out.

"I didn't realize I had torn it, I just thought there was a little bit of swelling so I kind of kept it to myself," Seely said. "I really didn't think it was a torn ACL.

"I toughed it out through camp and when I talked to my coaches about the swelling we both just decided to take it easy during camp and hope the swelling went down.

"Then I played in the first game and taped it up real good, but I had to sit out the second quarter because it was swelling a lot. Late in the game, I heard another snap in the knee and that's when I knew something else was wrong.

"We got it looked at the following day and that's when we figured out that I had torn both my ACL and my MCL."

So what was likely to be an award-winning junior campaign, turned into a rehab nightmare that he's just now getting back from.

"I just started running recently actually," Seely said. "It's tough because you're used to doing so much and never being injured and then all of the sudden it's all taken away from you.

"I've been working with my doctors really closely. We don't want to get me back too early or cause any setbacks, so we're just taking it slowly and the hope is that I can start running laterally and doing a lot of drills during spring practice at the end of May and in early June."

Seely had a huge sophomore campaign in 2006, amassing over 70 tackles and forcing three fumbles and the expectation was he would have a big junior year last fall and that would help him earn some big-time recruiting attention in 2008.

"I haven't had a lot of schools looking at me this early, but my coaches said that's basically because I was injured so they didn't get to see any junior film of me," Seely said. "What's really lucky is I still have another year to show them what I can do so I'm hoping to be able to do that this summer when I'm at the camps and combines and during my season this coming fall."

Just because he hasn't received a huge amount of attention, doesn't mean schools aren't looking at him.

"Washington, Washington State, Oregon and Hawaii have been the main four so far that have been sending me stuff," Seely said. "I went to Washington's junior day last weekend and it was a lot of fun.

"We got to meet with the coaches and talk to our different position coaches. I talked with coach (Chris) Tormey a lot and he said they like what I bring to the table and that he's glad I will have a chance to get back to playing soon.

"He told me they will be watching me this summer and in the fall to make sure I'm back and I'm fine with that because I understand where they are coming from."

Seely said he plans to attend the Husky football camp as well as the NIKE camp in Eugene.

"I'll be going to a lot of camps this summer to show schools I'm healthy and ready to go," Seely noted. "I'll decide on the other camps after I sit down and sort of look at how much time I have and when they are, but those two camps (Washington and the NIKE camp) are the ones I'm definitely going to."

We'll have more from Seely in the coming weeks and months as he continues to work his way back from his injury.

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