Clemson wide receiver Charone Peake was off to a sensational start a season ago.
Ranked as one of the top receivers in the country coming out of Dorman High School, 2013 was set to be his coming out party. Against No. 5 Georgia in the season opener, he brought in five passes for 58 yards and appeared to be coming into his own.
However just two weeks later, the unthinkable happened. Peake tore his ACL and missed the rest of the year.
After rehabbing and doing minor work in the spring, Peake hurt his knee again during offseason workouts. What was described as a minor procedure by Dabo Swinney forced him to sit out the first two weeks of camp.
Monday morning the green jersey came off and Peake was as close to full strength as he's been in nearly a year.
The following is a transcript of what he had to say to the media about his first practice back in action:
Do you feel like you are finally at 100 percent?
Peake: I feel good. It will come. I feel like I've got my same speed. I'm just getting the little things taken care of. It will come.
Any hesitation at all?
Peake: Not at all. My knee feels like nice and strong.
Is it more of a mental thing right now?
Peake: With all knee injuries you have to talk to yourself and prepare yourself everyday.
Are you anticipating the first hit? Has anything happened that makes you feel better about absorbing that first contact in a game?
Peake: I mean, I haven't been hit since the S.C. State game last year. Being around the guys this summer, catching balls and having my teammates around me has made me more comfortable.
What has been your role as a leader even though you haven't been able to practice?
Peake: With those young guys, I did what I could mentally. So I made sure they were preparing the right way. I see great things in every single person who came in. They all look good.
What was going through your mind when you injured the knee again?
Peake: Honestly, I was like it's nothing close to an ACL. A meniscus is nothing close to it.
Dabo originally said you'd be back after one week of practice, but it took two. Why the delay?
Peake: I didn't want to hop out there not feeling 100 percent and feeling good.
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