MORGANTOWN - Dustin Garrison reported to West Virginia University's fall football camp feeling great.
That's because the 5-foot-9, 165-pound sophomore running back had successfully completed nearly eight months of rehab on a injured knee.
He had torn his ACL during a practice session before the Orange Bowl game against ACC Champion Clemson in late December.
The Pearland, Texas, native said, "It's great being able to be back out there with the guys. It's the first time I've been able to do that since before the bowl game.
"I went out (the first day of camp) and I was all smiles the whole time."
It didn't really take him long in getting into the normal routine.
He explained, "It was like I just went out there and was taking the right steps, making the right reads, and following my blocks.
"Watching the film (of practice) it looks like I'm back to where I was (in 2011). It was so satisfying."
Garrison said going out there and being able to make the cuts he made before being sidelined and not having his knee bother him was exciting.
As a freshman, Garrison played in 12 games and was the team's third-ranking runner with 943 all-purpose yards.
Garrison rushed for 742 yards, and added 201 yards on pass receptions for WVU last season.
Naturally, he hopes to get to where he can be even more productive as a sophomore in the Big 12 Conference.
Garrison underwent surgery on Jan. 15 and was cleared medically to begin testing the knee laterally only within the past three weeks.
Until that time, Garrison had been limited to weight-lifting and straight-ahead running.
While recovering from his surgery, he admittedly got encouragement and advice from teammates who also have bounced back from serious injuries.