While there is still uncertainty as to the availability of a transfer running back in 2012 for Texas A&M, another coming off a devastating injury is showing signs of being on well his way to a full return to health.
As the Aggies kicked off the first spring practice under new head coach Kevin Sumlin, Christine Michael was back participating in drills with his teammates. Michael went down with a torn ACL in early November and missed the remainder of the 2011 season.
Less than five months later, Michael’s new coach seemed taken aback a bit over how far the back has come in such a short period of time. And how hard it may be to keep the senior off the practice field.
“He’s way ahead of where I thought he would be,” Sumlin said according to the San Antonio Express-News. “I had to tell him to go sit down, and I look back up and he’s back in there.”
Sumlin intimated that he would attempt to curb Michael’s enthusiasm somewhat in a post-practice conversation, no doubt looking to stress to the player that he doesn’t want the rehab to be pushed so hard and so fast that it results in a setback.
Despite missing the last four games because of the injury, Michael still finished second on the Aggies in rushing yards (899) and rushing touchdowns (eight). He was A&M’s leading rusher at the time of the injury, and ended up leading the team in yards per carry (6.0).
As far as the other “situation” in the Aggies’ backfield, it was reported earlier this week by at least two media outlets that Oklahoma transfer RB Brandon Williams‘ appeal for a hardship waiver had been denied. As it turns out, that’s not even remotely the case, at least not yet.
In response to the speculation, A&M released a statement Friday addressing the speculation.
“Contrary to Internet and other published media reports, Texas A&M has not sent a waiver to the NCAA regarding football running back transfer Brandon Williams,” the school’s statement read. “We are in the process of putting together information for a request, but we have not submitted anything to the NCAA on behalf of Brandon Williams at this time.”
It’s unclear when an appeal for a waiver will be filed, or when a final decision will come down from the NCAA. If the waiver is denied, Williams will be forced to sit the 2012 season in order to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.