GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When Florida left guard Brett Heggie went down with a season-ending knee injury late last fall, there was no official diagnosis relayed by the coaching staff nor any estimated timetable for recovery given.
New Gators offensive line coach John Hevesy offered some encouragement Thursday, though, when asked about Heggie.
“As far as I know, he should be back for [fall] camp,” Hevesy said. “Now spring, he’s walking around, he’s doing some things, jogging around a little bit right now. So for me, it’s just going to be everyday talking to [the trainer], ‘What can he do every day to get himself ready?'”
Heggie debuted as a redshirt freshman last season, playing in eight games and starting seven before going down with the knee injury at Missouri on Nov. 4.
Heggie had an encouraging first season, which included garnering SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after Florida’s win over Vanderbilt on Sept. 30. If he’s not ready for the start of the season, it could shake things up on the line. Left tackle Martez Ivey moved inside and started the last two games at guard last fall and could potentially do the same in 2018 if Heggie needs more time.
But Hevesy’s response Thursday offered optimism.
“I think obviously the mental aspect of it, he has to be in the meeting rooms now and then [attentive during] spring practice,” Hevesy said. “Like I’ll tell him, he’ll do his rehabs and stuff during practice, but anytime mentally we’re learning something, whether it’s a team period, side drill, stay right behind me. That’s just because obviously you played, but he’s got to learn the system and stand behind me at practice. He’s going to get coached standing behind me as I coach the other ones, but to me, just put as much as I can into him as fast as I can.
“Because I think he has the ability and he has the work ethic. Watching him just do his rehab, he has all those things. Now it’s a matter of just making sure he’s learns it and he’s doing everything properly.”
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