Publisher Profile

THE INSIDER AUTHORITY ON GATOR SPORTS

  • Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison plays against the Kentucky Wildcats in 2014- 1280x852

    Antonio Morrison leads by example as the Florida Gators look to be the best defense in the nation / Gator Country photo by David Bowie

Hard work pays off for
Florida Gators LB Antonio Morrison

  • Home
  • Feature
  • Hard work pays off for Florida Gators LB Antonio Morrison
Written by Nick de la Torre, August 31, 2015, 0 Comments,
Print Friendly

Improbable but not impossible.

That was the prognosis for Florida Gators senior linebacker Antonio Morrison when doctors looked at his left knee in the Birmingham Bowl. Morrison went in for a seemingly innocent tackle but couldn’t get up off the turf.

“It’s part of the game,” Antonio Morrison Sr. said. “You don’t want to see anybody go through it but once we got in the locker room, doctor’s looked at him and we were already on to rehab, getting over it, getting back, leading his team, you know, next year. It started that day.”

Morrison dedicated himself to his rehab; he had gone through a similar rehab after tearing a meniscus earlier in his career and knew what the process would take. Morrison spent countless hours in rehab and essentially cut the rehabilitation in half.

“What normally was a 10 to 12-month recovery, he did in six months. We’ve had the doctor in a bunch, probably more so for me not believing him,” McElwain said of Morrison’s recovery. “And yet the strength levels, all the tests, believe it or not it’s actually tighter than the other one. Again, that’s a credit to him and what he did in the offseason to prepare himself to help this football team.”

Morrison’s recovery time surprised McElwain and surprised fans when the injured linebacker’s name was atop the depth chart. All off season, Gator Country had been told that Morrison would be back sooner than most expected, but most expected that he would be back sometime in late October, hopefully for the Georgia game.

“It’s truly amazing. If you ever see that guy in the rehab facility he’s just going 110 percent every time,” senior Jake McGee said. “I don’t know how he did it, honestly. But we have a great athletic training staff and that guy is going to be a key leader for us as he was in the past.”

Morrison has been a leader by example throughout his time at Florida. While he’s been away going through this rehabilitation, he’s taken on more of a vocal leadership role.

“Our rehab overlapped a little bit,” redshirt senior Jake McGee said. “That’s someone who loves the game of football and loves his team. So it’s exciting to see that he’s been good to go, I mean you really wouldn’t see a different Antonio if you’ve seen all of his practices. I’m sure on Saturday you will see the same Antonio Morrison that you saw last season.”

Nick de la Torre

About Nick de la Torre

A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

http://www.gatorcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/florida-gators-linebacker-antonio-morrison-florida-football-2014-kentucky-the-swamp-pregame-150x150.jpg Nick de la Torre FeatureFootball ,,,
Print Friendly

Improbable but not impossible.

That was the prognosis for Florida Gators senior linebacker Antonio Morrison when doctors looked at his left knee in the Birmingham Bowl. Morrison went in for a seemingly innocent tackle but couldn’t get up off the turf.

“It’s part of the game,” Antonio Morrison Sr. said. “You don’t want to see anybody go through it but once we got in the locker room, doctor’s looked at him and we were already on to rehab, getting over it, getting back, leading his team, you know, next year. It started that day.”

Morrison dedicated himself to his rehab; he had gone through a similar rehab after tearing a meniscus earlier in his career and knew what the process would take. Morrison spent countless hours in rehab and essentially cut the rehabilitation in half.

“What normally was a 10 to 12-month recovery, he did in six months. We’ve had the doctor in a bunch, probably more so for me not believing him,” McElwain said of Morrison’s recovery. “And yet the strength levels, all the tests, believe it or not it’s actually tighter than the other one. Again, that’s a credit to him and what he did in the offseason to prepare himself to help this football team.”

Morrison’s recovery time surprised McElwain and surprised fans when the injured linebacker’s name was atop the depth chart. All off season, Gator Country had been told that Morrison would be back sooner than most expected, but most expected that he would be back sometime in late October, hopefully for the Georgia game.

“It’s truly amazing. If you ever see that guy in the rehab facility he’s just going 110 percent every time,” senior Jake McGee said. “I don’t know how he did it, honestly. But we have a great athletic training staff and that guy is going to be a key leader for us as he was in the past.”

Morrison has been a leader by example throughout his time at Florida. While he’s been away going through this rehabilitation, he’s taken on more of a vocal leadership role.

“Our rehab overlapped a little bit,” redshirt senior Jake McGee said. “That’s someone who loves the game of football and loves his team. So it’s exciting to see that he’s been good to go, I mean you really wouldn’t see a different Antonio if you’ve seen all of his practices. I’m sure on Saturday you will see the same Antonio Morrison that you saw last season.”

Read previous post:
Florida Gators cornerback Vernon Hargreaves covers receievr Antonio Callaway - Florida Gators football- 1280x852
2015 Florida Gators football depth chart

Jim McElwain released his first depth chart as the head coach of the Florida Gators.

Close