Texas Longhorns running back Chris Warren III couldn’t have asked for a better start to his collegiate career.
Warren set a Texas freshman record with 276 yards and four touchdowns against Texas Tech at the end of the 2015 season.
In his first start.
He looked primed for a big sophomore campaign in 2016 before suffering a PCL injury in the season’s fourth game against Oklahoma State.
This Longhorn Network feature documents the injury and the rehab work he’s put in since:
“I got tripped up and I fell on my knee,” Warren says. “At the time it wasn’t painful at all. I knew that I had hurt it, but I didn’t think much of it. Once I got it examined I knew that I wasn’t going to be playing the rest of the year.”
Naturally, he was beyond disappointed.
“You put all this work in during the summer and winter, the spring, and you want to go out there and play and help your team. Knowing you can’t do that and having it be so early in the season, it really puts a little stinger in your heart.”
All Warren could do was rehab, which is exactly what he’s been doing ever since with ‘Horns Head Football Athletic Trainer Anthony Pass.
“Chris is in the later stages of his rehab for a PCL injury,” Pass says in the clip. “He’s at about 18 or 19 weeks of rehab right now.”
After more than fourth months of work Warren is making a lot of progress toward coming back. Pass also notes that Warren’s body healed relatively quickly.
“We feel great every day when we get these guys back,” he says. “But after a 19-week rehab, it’s pretty special.”
With the injury behind him and with D’Onta Foreman gone to graduation, look for big things from Warren when fall rolls around.
“By the time I get back to it, it will be almost a year. I’m just ready to start playing.”