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Cowboys' Granderson recovering quickly from ACL injury

Mar 31, 2017 From wire reports

LARAMIE (AP) -- Last offseason, Carl Granderson was munching on eggs, oatmeal and Top Ramen to get his weight up. This offseason, the defensive end is just trying to get back on the field so he can, in the figurative sense, keep eating.

Granderson chowed down on opposing offensive linemen last season, becoming the first Wyoming defensive lineman since 1986 to record a sack in each of the first three games of the season. Then, in the sixth game of the year, he suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Wyoming's win against Air Force.

Granderson, who is still sidelined this spring camp, finished his sophomore season with four sacks and six tackles for loss in six games.

"I'm ahead of schedule, so I'm doing well," Granderson said recently. "... God has a plan for everybody, so I'm just thankful to be out there learning and everything and coaching my guys up. I'm just watching and observing, learning from other people's mistakes. So I'm doing good."

Granderson said he was playing at 235 pounds last year and is currently at 241, hoping to get up to 250.

"I think it's from lifting a lot," he said. "I throw ramen and oatmeal in there here and there but not every day like I used to."

Granderson expects to be back to full strength by fall camp. Head coach Craig Bohl said there was no damage done to the knee besides the ACL.

"It'll be important to see him make a progression to where he can hit this summer and put on some real good lean muscle mass and get his change of direction and get his burst," Bohl said. "When he was a freshman, he was a skinny bean and played relentlessly. And last year, he was in the midst of doing some exceptional things."

Those six games in 2016 showed why Granderson has as high a potential as any player on Wyoming's defense.

"It all depends how hard he's going to work," defensive ends coach A.J. Cooper said. "I think he could be pretty good, but we've all got to be cautiously optimistic and make sure he comes back fully healthy first. And then it's my job to slowly work him back in.

"He's going to be frustrated at times, which is OK. It takes a while for guys to really get back in the groove after that type of injury. I mean, right now he's in the process of learning to jog and learning to run again. But he's also got some natural instincts that you can't teach anyone.

ęSo we've just got to sharpen that sword and get it back as quick as we can."

Granderson began last season with a one-sack-per-game pace. Is that the goal for his junior season?

"I'm just trying to come back healthy and get past that and try to go up," he said. "Two sacks a game or something. So I'm just trying to eat and try to get better.

"Every tackle in the nation got better from last year, so I've just got to come harder this year."

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