Adam Breneman said he wasn’t really nervous.
Anxious to get it over with, sure.
But nervous? He had been in this position before.
So when his surgery on his torn right anterior cruciate ligament was completed successfully in State College on Tuesday morning, it was just another step in the right direction for Penn State’s rehabbing yet prized tight end recruit.
“It went very well, according to [performing doctor Wayne Sebastianelli],” Brian Breneman, Adam’s father, said. “They did everything they needed to do and he’s just resting the area up before he sees the doctor tomorrow morning and heads back home tomorrow.”
Adam Breneman tore his ACL in a bit of a freak accident during a 7-on-7 scrimmage, feeling something pop after making an otherwise seam route catch.
Breneman, listed as 6-foot-5, 228 pounds and the No. 1 tight end in the Class of 2013 on his player page on Rivals.com, said on Monday that his pre-surgery rehab had been going well.
“My leg feels really good right now,” Breneman said. “I can almost jog on it. I have full range of motion and everything. It feels good, it feels strong. I feel like I’m ready for surgery.”
Now that the surgery is finished, Brian says Adam is walking on crutches.
Breneman also received double shoulder surgery after his junior year of high school ball to fix torn labrums, which he said is a common injury in football that he was able to play through.
Though Breneman has had a successful and positive recovery from his ACL injury thus far, he still said it was tough to not attend Nike’s The Opening skills camp this past weekend. Though Breneman had been invited to the elite skills camp, because of his injury, he said he just watched it on television.
“It was really disappointing, obviously,” Breneman said. “But it is what it is… I wish I wasn’t watching it. I feel like I could have represented myself really well with some of the best players in the country there, but now I can show what I can do at Penn State instead of at a camp like that.”
Breneman announced his commitment to Penn State on March 9, the fourth member of the fourteen-member class to announce his commitment.
The torn ACL means that Breneman won’t be able to play in his senior season at Cedar Cliff High School.
When the news of the injury broke in mid-June, Breneman said he was working out the details of a plan to enroll early at Penn State. Now, Breneman has confirmed that he will enroll at Penn State in the spring semester. He said he plans to be eligible for the 2013 Blue-White Game.
“The goal is, as far as rehab, is to start practicing in spring, assuming everything with my leg goes well,” Breneman said.