GAINESVILLE — Of all the reasons to be optimistic about the Gators’ chances of building on a top-10 season, one of the biggest was in a knee brace but still at practice Thursday.
“I feel real good now,” defensive back Marco Wilson said.
How he feels in March is one thing. The more important issue is how he feels in August.
The Gators’ secondary wasn’t quite the same after he tore his ACL against Kentucky. His absence was most glaring against Georgia, when Jake Fromm lit up UF for 240 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-17 victory. Unsurprisingly, Wilson said that was the toughest game to watch.
Even though he began to feel close to normal a month ago, he’s still doing a lot of watching. He started running full speed at the Peach Bowl but isn’t participating in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills yet.
Wilson has moved on from the low of watching his leg atrophy.
“I really care about my appearance, so seeing my leg get really small after surgery … just in my head that really bothers me,” Wilson said. “But everything else, it’s just working out, trying to get your leg back right.”