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UF's McElwain: Antonio Morrison made 'unbelievable' recovery


Antonio Morrison's readiness to resume his role as Florida's middle linebacker was in question this preseason as he continued his recovery from a knee injury and was withheld from full contact to begin fall camp. Gators coach Jim McElwain brought some clarity to Morrison's status on Monday.

"Yeah, he is ready to play]. You've heard me throughout -- it's unbelievable what he's done," McElwain said, [per The Gainesville Sun. "I'm really proud of what he's done, to see him recover like this. It obviously won't be one of those deals where he's playing 80 or 90 plays. At the same time, he's prepared himself and he's ready to play, and we'll have a plan for that."

Morrison made 101 tackles last year, but suffered a significant knee injury in UF's bowl game Jan. 3. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein regards Morrison as the nation's No. 6 linebacker entering the season, and had further praise with a more detailed analysis of Morrison's play last week.

Both Morrison's play, and his maturity, have come a long way over the last couple of years.

With two healthy knees and one season to go, expect the 230-pound inside linebacker to deliver the best season of his college career in 2015.

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