Tyrell Robinson, Army’s game-breaking running back, could be ready for the Black Knights’ 2023 season opener as he continues to rehab from a serious knee injury, coach Jeff Monken said.
Monken said Wednesday that Robinson’s rehab “is going really good” and the team’s training staff “is very pleased where he’s at.”
“He’s worked really hard at it,” Monken said. “You can see him walking around out here, He doesn’t a big, lunky knee brace. He’s able to do some straight ahead stuff. So, he’s coming around.”
Robinson suffered a season-ending ACL tear against Wake Forest on Oct. 8, 2022. The junior was off to a sensational start with 321 rushing yards, 135 receiving yards and Army’s first punt return touchdown since 2007.
“We are very optimistic that he’s going to be ready to go to play in the fall I don’t know if he will 100 percent when we play the first game or have had enough reps on it to have the confidence. But, I’m hopeful and if we can get him there this summer before we start preseason camp and he can really do all of the change of direction stuff.
Monken hopes Robinson can gain that confidence with four and half weeks of preseason camp. Robinson enters his fourth season with 1,351 rushing yards (45th in academy history) and 11 career touchdowns.
“Obviously, we know he’s a really talented guy,” Monken said. “When you have an injury like that, you don’t know what that athlete is going to look like until they are fully recovered and have to chance to really turn it loose and we haven’t had a chance to evaluate that obviously.
“The severity of the injury means a little bit longer rehabilitation sometimes a guy gets an ACL and he can be back inside of six months. Often those are between six to eight months. The more things that get damaged in there, the longer that process is. His is just a little bit longer.”