We Can Rebuild Him

Chris Givens, a 6-foot, 203-pound, running back, from Wylie, Texas, is an amazing story. Givens sat out his junior season after tearing his ACL on the first play of the first game. That hasn't stopped several schools from offering a scholarship including the Wisconsin Badgers.

At one point last year, Chris Givens didn't know if he'd ever play football again but like the bionic man, his doctor told him that they could rebuild him bigger, stronger and faster.

"My doctor told me that I'd actually come back from this stronger and faster than I was before I got injured." Givens told Badger Nation.

"After I had surgery, I worked extremely hard in my rehab and just a few months later I was winning the 100 meter dash in my district as well as the 800 meter relay. I ran a 4.4 before I got hurt and I do feel faster now. I ran a 4.41 the other day and felt great."

Why have so many schools offered Givens a scholarship without playing football in 2006?

"I think it's because I can run and I'm athletic," Givens said. "The fact that I showed the work-ethic to come back from an injury like an ACL tear in less than seven months and I was winning district championships also had something to do with it.

"One thing that we're blessed with in Texas is spring ball, so a lot of schools came down during the spring and watch me run and play football."

Which schools have offered Givens a scholarship? Does he have any favorites at this time?

"Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Utah, UNLV and North Texas have all offered me," he said. "I really don't have any favorites right now. I'm wide open and I'd like to see what happens this season.

"I'm not fishing for offers. I just want to take my time and take a look at all the schools that have an interest in me. There are a lot of schools that haven't offered me yet like Arkansas and Auburn who have told me to be patient and they'll be looking at me on senior film."

What kind of interest does Givens have in Wisconsin?

"Wisconsin is right at the top of my list right now." Givens said. "Wisconsin has a great program and they play big-time football. Coach (Paul) Chryst and Coach (Kerry) Cooks have been great to me. Coach Cooks and I have a pretty strong bond and relationship.

"Coach Cooks and I talk every week. I haven't visited Wisconsin yet but I've done my research on the school and I like what I see."

Chris Givens is solid in the classroom carrying a 3.2 GPA and scoring a 20 on his ACT.

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