Incoming UK quarterback Nik Scalzo has been on the mend for quite a few months. As he enters his final weeks in Ft. Lauderdale, the gunslinger is ready to get loose in Lexington.
KSR has learned the future Wildcat has been cleared to return to football activities, just before newcomers are set to report for the summer term in June. As you can see, Scalzo is moving around like nothing ever happened.
Knee is feelin ? pic.twitter.com/VIzeMWrf7r
— Nik Scalzo (@NikScalzo) May 8, 2019
Something did happen to his right knee less than six months ago.
In search of his school’s first ever state championship, Scalzo caught a pass out of the backfield on a trick-play. He took an awkward hit, felt a pop and immediately knew something was wrong significantly wrong with his knee. After sitting out for three series, he returned to lead his team to a go-ahead scoring drive that put Cardinal Gibbons in the Regional finals.
“I went back in and played through it,” Scalzo told the Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I had to do most of my stuff with just straight arm strength; I couldn’t use my feet at all. I dropped back like Jay Cutler. You know how he used to do his backpedal steps? I had to do that because I couldn’t cross over.
“But I stayed in the game. I’m glad I did.”
Since he tore the ACL in his right knee last November, future Wildcat Nik Ognenovic helped Cardinal Gibbons win the school’s first ever state championship. All the while, Scalzo has vigorously rehabbed his injured right knee, two-and-a-half hours a day, five days a week.
Scalzo is getting healthy at the right time. Kentucky will need the mobile quarterback prepared to compete this fall. Following Gunnar Hoak’s departure, the only players behind Terry Wilson on the depth chart are Scalzo, Walker Wood and incoming freshman Amani Gilmore.
While many ruled out his ability to compete this fall, it’s business as usual for Scalzo (without all of the backflips).