Antwain Carey has been itching to get back on the gridiron ever since a foot fracture sidelined him in early July. After months of rest and rehabilitation, he appears ready to return as early as this Saturday.
“I’m 100% healthy,” said Carey enthusiastically. “I’m just a little out of shape right now, but I’m working on that. I’ve been doing a lot of running and jumping and I feel fine. We play Oscar Smith this weekend, and I might have a chance to get on the field. I’m excited. I’m sure I’ll be real excited right before game time.”
Carey returns to a Deep Creek squad that has gone 2-0 this season including a 55-7 blowout of Booker T. Washington in the season opener. In the victory, Kishaun Jones filled in for Carey to the tune of 38 carries for 322 yards and a school-record six touchdowns.
Jones’ record replaced the record previously held by Carey.
“I told Kishaun to keep his head up and just do what he has to do,” said Carey. “He played well.”
Carey is eager not only to be able to play for Deep Creek this year, but to put to rest any concerns that the injury may have slowed down his 4.4 40 speed. Virginia Tech has kept in touch with him the most this month, and that has meant a lot.
“I’ve spoken to Virginia Tech and that’s about it,” said Carey, who has received scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, NC State, Syracuse, and East Carolina. “That means a lot that they’ve stuck with me. I’m still open, but VT’s there at the top.”
Currently concentrating on getting back to basics as the Deep Creek starter, Carey admitted he will wait to schedule his official visits until the end of his senior season.
“I’ll wait to schedule my visits until late in our season,” said Carey. “I hope to go to Virginia Tech in either November or December for at least an unofficial visit. I’d like to take all five official visits, but we’ll see.”
Carey is excited about his return and really hopes to play this weekend. If he does not play Saturday, expect his first game back to be next Friday versus Hickory.
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