Miami Hurricanes QB D’Eriq King feels ‘100 percent’ after knee surgery, will be a full-fledged participant in fall exercise

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CHARLOTTE, NC — Miami quarterback D’Eriq King said on Wednesday that his right knee feels “100 percent” and will be able to fully participate in fall training when it begins next month.

During media availability with ESPN during ACC Kickoff, King said he feels no limitations with his reconstructed meniscus and torn ACL, and remains on track to start the season opener against Alabama in Atlanta on Sept. 4.

“I feel 100 percent. I’m not limited to anything,” King said. “So I’m there, throwing on the run, rolling out, cutting at full speed. I feel good. I don’t notice any restrictions in my knee.”

Last December, King announced that he would return to the Hurricanes for one more season following his move from Houston. A week later, he injured his knee in the Cheez-It Bowl against Oklahoma State.

After undergoing surgery in January, Miami said King would be available for the start of the 2021 fall camp. But he was quickly ahead of schedule in his rehab. For the past few months, he has been able to do 7-on-7 exercises with his receivers.

“I had a really good surgeon and good physical therapists,” King said. “I’ve been through this before, and this is the best treatment and rehab I’ve had. They had a great plan. I’ve also changed little things, from diet to sleeping habits and going twice a day.”

Recipient Mike Harley said it was “motivating” to watch King complete his rehab.

“A lot of guys get hurt and work outside the box,” Harley said. “He’s been in the box and a lot of guys go into the weight room and see D’Eriq King do squats and push through and that’s motivation. He’s crunching his guts out.”

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