Michigan receiver Roy Roundtree is '100-percent' healthy, ready for Alabama
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan senior receiver Roy Roundtree had left knee surgery just 17 days ago, but says he already is 100-percent healthy with a full week of practices left before the season opener.
The Wolverines' active leader in career receptions had arthroscopic surgery Aug. 10, but began running routes late last week and returned to full practice Sunday.
He knew when he took his first hit, and didn't feel a thing in the knee, that he would be good to go.
"I'm 100 percent guys," he said Monday. "I'll be back."
Coaches have said Roundtree's arthroscopic surgery was minor, and they expected him back in time for Saturday's opener against No. 2 Alabama (8 p.m., ABC). Still, going under the knife so close to the season is always concerning.
Did Roundtree ever have doubts about his status for the opener?
"At first," he said. "Like when they said, 'Your MRIs are back and you're going to have to have surgery,' I'm like, 'Don't tell me that, not my senior year.'
"It was scary. My parents were really worried. I was like, 'Y'all don't have to come up here. I'm a big boy.'"
Roundtree hurt the knee when was walking back to the huddle during an opening-week drill. He felt a twinge, and then the knee began to swell. Soon, his range of motion narrowed and he had to call over trainer Paul Schmidt.
He had an MRI, then surgery.
But sure enough, Roundtree's rehab was swift. He was walking four days later, and now has made a full return to practice.
"Yesterday, I felt good, just being back in the huddle with Denard and them guys," Roundtree said.
"Just can't wait."
Roundtree is coming off a down year, after catching a career-low 19 passes last year. But he has 123 career catches for 1,724 yards and 12 touchdowns, making him a veteran presence at an otherwise youthful position.
Junior Jeremy Gallon, who caught 31 passes in a breakout season last year, is the other listed starter on Michigan's season-opening depth chart.
The five reserves on the depth chart -- sophomore Jerald Robinson, junior Devin Gardner and freshmen Amara Darboh at Roundtree's spot; juniors Drew Dileo and Jeremy Jackson at Gallon's spot -- combine for 17 career catches.