People can question quarterback Tyler Donovan's size, and his ability to perform at the college level. But one thing nobody can question is his toughness.
In a walk-through before Arrowhead's state semifinal victory over Oak Creek, an offensive lineman pulled the wrong way and ran into Donovan's left knee. The 6-1, 175-pound senior tore his anterior cruciate ligament.
Yet the following week, in the state championship game against Marshfield, Donovan started and played the entire game.
"It was painful, but once you got into the game, sometimes I didn't really think about it," Donovan said. "But at times, my breakaway speed wasn't there in that game, and just that push off it. There were times when there were really sharp pains, but it was just something I needed to get through."
Donovan had surgery shortly after the 20-14 state title game loss. He said the recovery is going extremely well.
"It was only three-fourths torn, not straight through," Donovan said. "So there was a little bit of attachment there...I've been rehabbing it for the last seven weeks now. It's to the point where they say I'm ahead of schedule."
Donovan said he is in a weight training program and he would like to reach 200 pounds before he arrives in Madison this summer. He hasn't been told whether he will be redshirted, but he's anticipating that will be the case.
Look for more on Donovan in our Wisconsin Football Recruiting Yearbook, published later this month.
Tyler Donovan's Rehab Going Well
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