Khalan Laborn’s return from injury may be coming sooner than expected

From hype to heartbreak. That’s what former five-star running back Khalan Laborn experienced a season ago after suffering a season-ending injury in the second game of the 2018 season. The Virginia native redshirted as a true freshman before breaking out in the spring. He was expected to join Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick in the rotation in Willie Taggart’s first season as head coach, showing off his ability with an athletic catch and run in the Virginia Tech game. Then, a hit on a kickoff return against Samford ended his season before it really began and Laborn went right to work on his rehab.

Well, it sounds like the rehab has gone very well. Sources close to the Florida State football team have informed NoleGameday that Khalan Laborn has told multiple members of the coaching and training staff that he feels fully healthy and that he wants to start practicing on Monday, the first day of spring practice. Those sources go on to say that despite the way the running back is feeling, he’ll likely start the spring in a limited fashion as the Seminoles slowly bring him along. Regardless, Laborn is ready to compete with Akers in the backfield for snaps and is determined to prove himself following his injury.

With FSU only having three scholarship running backs, it makes sense for the training staff to be careful with Laborn. The last thing anyone wants is him to return to the field before he’s actually ready and then suffer another setback. However, it seems like there’s a good chance the 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back will be a full participant before the spring is over.

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