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Quickness Returns To Troy Pollard

Troy Pollard (Holly Smith)

There have been amazing advances in surgical techniques to repair torn knee ligaments. Athletes are recovering quicker and are able to return to full mobility in a manner unheard of in the past. But as Illini running back Troy Pollard can attest, a healed injury does not necessarily guarantee a quick return to top speed and agility.

Troy Pollard flashed outstanding quickness and running ability as a freshman at Illinois in 2007. He played in the first three games and averaged 6.4 yards in 23 rushes before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. His surgery was successful, and he was healthy enough to play last fall. But the results weren't what he hoped. "I was healthy enough to play, but I wasn't able to... Recommended Stories

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