March 31, 2021
Jarek Broussard on a run against Arizona -- with the brace on his left knee.
Perhaps Jarek Broussard had taken enough friendly teasing from his coach, Karl Dorrell.
Maybe he'd heard enough
musing about if he could average 163 yards rushing in five regular-season games wearing a semi-cumbersome brace on his troublesome
left knee, what could he have done without it?
the correct answer probably is: He simply decided he was ready.
With the Buffaloes in the early stages of spring practice this week, the sophomore from Dallas has shed
the brace he wore last season, in the wake of the ACL injury and surgery that kept him out of the entire 2019 season after
he had redshirted the year before.
"I think we made enough jokes about it, ever since we
started offseason, he hasn't worn it," Dorrell said Wednesday in a Zoom call after the Buffs' second spring practice.
"He got rid of the Linus blanket."
That's a Charlie Brown reference, folks.
"I hadn't seen it
since the season," Dorrell continued. "He's been training this whole offseason without it. He looks fabulous. He
looks faster, which is whsat we all anticipated that he would be without the brace. Looks good. He shed it after the Texas
(Alamo Bowl) game and I haven't seen it since."
Broussard was named the Mayo Clinic National Comeback Player of the Year. . . with the brace.
"The Comeback Player of the Year award was cool," Broussard said Wednesday.
"I'm just trying to get better."
He said he had watched film of his runs from last season and
concluded the brace was an issue.
"I feel lot better, I feel a lot faster, I feel more elusive," he said. "Right
now, I'm feeling good. . . The confidence in my knee was already there. I'm not as worried about the brace. Going through
the workouts, I did it all without my brace on. My cuts are pretty fluid, I'm still getting faster. The confidence is there.
I feel like it only gets better for me."