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Vickers Return to the Gridiron

By: Jason Kahn Email
By: Jason Kahn Email

Tallahassee, FL - Sprinting with his teammates during summer workouts, Johnathan Vickers doesn't appear to be struggling. He's less than a year removed from breaking his left leg.

"After awhile getting back on the football field it didn't feel no different," he said. "I didn't lose a step I don't think."

The North Florida Christian running back sustained the injury during the first game of the 2012 season.

"It was horrifying, actually," he said. "Getting out there and trying to do my best for my team and then that happened."

Vickers didn't started rehabbing until early November. He needed only three months, spending three hours each week in physical therapy, until he was cleared to play.

"I started playing baseball at first, so it kind of felt a little weird, you know, coming out there running and stuff," he said.

Although he missed his junior campaign, he has still received about 20 Division-I offers including Florida State.

"That was one of the most exciting ones since my rehab," he said. "It was pretty great to get an in-town offer from them."

And even better, Vickers is a nominee for the U.S. Army All-American Game. But he knows he has to prove he's at full strength.

"The summer is where all the hard work is and the fall is just a breeze, you know, running through teams," he said. "Working hard in the summer everything just relays over to the fall."


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