LEXINGTON, Ky. — Bryant Koback, the lone running back in Kentucky’s 2017 class, doesn’t expect to be ready for spring football.
Koback broke his tibia and fibula in his right leg during his senior season. He was on crutches for two to three months following the injury and is now doing an hour and a half to two hours of rehab every day in addition to the weightlifting he’s able to do.
“Everything is more advanced here — the technology, the trainers are outstanding,” Koback said. “They work with you in and out on everything making sure you’re doing everything correct on every little movement.”
Koback could vie for a spot in the running back rotation come fall with the departures of Boom Williams and Jojo Kemp. A.J. Rose and Sihiem King figure to be the first two options behind leading rusher Benny Snell.
And while the injury has pushed Koback’s timeline back, he said it’s changed how he looks at things.
“It was a humbling experience because it tested how strong you are mentally,” Koback said. “Just having that experience and going through rehab and you first come out and can’t walk. It just tests you, makes you mentally stronger. Because when you come back you just know you can pretty much overcome things you didn’t think you could overcome.”
The Springfield, Ohio native was one of the first commitments in Kentucky’s 2017 class. He’s rated the No. 36 running back by 247Sports.