Miami Awards Game Ball To Player Who Was In A Coma Last Year

On Saturday, Miami torched Bethune-Cookman 45-0 in a game that had several positive storylines for the Hurricanes. It could be freshman Mark Walton rushing for 85 yards with a touchdown. Or maybe junior Corn Elder with a 72-yard scoring punt return.

But perhaps the most inspiring storyline was sophomore offensive lineman Hunter Knighton simply stepping back onto the football field. Knighton suffered a heat stroke in February 2014 that landed him a 12-day coma where he lost 55 pounds.

He spoke to the Associated Press after the game:

“It was amazing,” said Knighton, who acknowledged having some pregame butterflies — especially since he hadn’t played a game since 2012, after being redshirted as a freshman. “It’s weird; I kind of forgot how that felt, being able to run around and play football again. … I’m back and that’s where I want to be.”

And of course, he received the game ball from Head Coach Al Golden.

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