August 19, 2007

NU Notes: Bowman makes it back to practice Sunday

When senior cornerback Zack Bowman tore his patella tendon in his knee this spring, some of the early projections on his possible return date went all the way into September and October.

The thought of Bowman even making it back to the practice field for August training camp wasn't even a consideration when the injury first happened.

Well on Sunday, the 6-foot-2, 200 pound cornerback out of Alaska answered a lot questions on just how far ahead he is in his rehabilitation. Bowman went down with his knee injury on Mar. 28 in spring practice, and returned to the field on Sunday after sitting out the last 144 days.

Head coach Bill Callahan has been guarded about what he's said all along on Bowman's status, and on Sunday he was also very cautious with his words.

"I don't think we can jump ahead and say anything prematurely at this point," Callahan said. "I think we are going to have to let things play out and see what he can transition to, and see how many reps he can handle, and take it from there. It's a process, that's all it is. We aren't going to make any statements about reps or games, we're just going to take it day by day.

"We are just fortunate to have him on the field again. He's a great kid and I'm happy for him, especially for the hard work he's put towards his rehabilitation, all the credit is deserving because of all the hard work he's put into it. I just love the guy, he continues to work hard, and he's got a focus and a purpose and a strong mindset with the injuries he's had."

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