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Wylie on Road to Recovery
Devon Wylie opened the season with a bang, catching a 28-yard touchdown that gave Fresno State their first lead of the season against Cincinnati. Afterwards, the Bulldogs learned the senior receiver suffered a foot fracture in the game, and has not returned to the field since. Wylie discussed his rehabbing process so far. "Rehabs really good," said Wylie. "I've been doing some light jogging, nothing serious because I had a fracture in my foot, so it had to heal, get surgery. It's just slowly easing in trying to get to full speed again." He wore a protective boot for most of September and October. "It felt like natural and good starting, but if felt weak," Wylie said of his foot and ankle after having the boot removed. "I could feel if I tried to turn into gear I could easily hurt it again." But there is a possibility that Wylie can return this season. However, if he cannot return to the field, he could receive a medical redshirt. He played as a true freshman in 2007; therefore, he has a redshirt season available. But it's not that easy. "What it comes down to is you have to make an attempt to come back and play," Wylie said. "So right now my rehab and all the work I'm doing with my ankle is progressing toward trying to come back, and if I can't I'm not going to." Wylie is a dynamic playmaker using his speed and cutting ability to make him elusive in the open field – hence his nickname "Wiggles" because he is so "wiggly." Without full strength and confidence in his foot and ankle, he is not the same player. "It would probably take me about three more weeks…for my ankle to be strong enough for all the cutting I do," said Wylie. "Right now I'm doing cardio, and keeping my heart strong and my legs strong without hurting my ankle. My legs and cardiovascular strength is good…my ankle could go out at anytime as weak as it is now, so that why I can't go anything full speed." With the Nevada game out of the question, there are only three games remaining for him to attempt to play, his window of opportunity is fading fast in 2010. While he wants to contribute to the team this season, he thinks his opportunity might have to wait. "From the way I see it I'm going to have to redshirt," said Wylie. But in his eyes, it's not such a bad thing. Wylie had good chemistry with quarterback Derek Carr during spring of 2009 and 2010. Wylie talked about the possibility of returning next year with Carr at quarterback. "I like it," said Wylie. "Next year having Derek back there; that's totally exciting. It's just another year of me getting stronger and faster and more experience…next year could be a really, really big season considering we might throw the ball more." "It's a really tough bittersweet situation because I want to be able to contribute to the team and play [this year], but at the same time I have to consider the future, long-term benefits, and disadvantages of coming back now." You can now follow BarkBoard.com via Twitter. Discuss in BarkBoard.com Forums. If you have not by now, subscribe to BarkBoard.com. Click HERE to get access to the members-only content from BB.C and the nation-wide Scout.com network. ©Copyright 2010, BarkBoard.com and Scout.com. All rights reserved.
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