Just six months ago, during Stanford’s Sun Bowl victory against North Carolina, quarterback Keller Chryst injured his right ACL.
While the Cardinal are still holding Chryst out of team drills for precautionary reasons, the quarterback was able to take full-speed dropbacks and participated in all of the team’s scripted drills on the first day of camp Tuesday.
— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) August 1, 2017
The typical recovery time for an ACL injury is six-to-nine months. However, it appears as if Chryst is ahead of schedule.
“That mentality started by the end of the bowl game,” Stanford coach David Shaw said, per The San Francisco Chronicle. “There was a look in his eyes. He knew what he had to do and that it was going to be a long haul. He’s not a young man who backs away from challenges.He accepts challenges, and it was a goal of his to be back before people thought he was going to be.”
Shaw made it clear that Chryst still isn’t all the way back, but it seems as if the senior will be ready for Stanford’s season opener against Rice on Aug. 26 in Australia.
“I’m just grateful to be out here,” Chryst said, according to the Chronicle. “You put a lot of work in, and there are a lot of hands helping you out during this process. When it initially happened, I knew the repercussions of an ACL injury. But in my head, I told myself that I was going to get back, and I’ve done everything I could to get to this point.”