Leggett's gamble pays with good health
By Jorge Milian
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 31, 2005
CORAL GABLES — Lance Leggett hasn't decided on a major yet, but the University of Miami sophomore receiver might want to consider a medical career.
Leggett was faced with a critical decision after fracturing a bone in his right foot during spring practice. UM's doctors, according to Leggett, recommended immediate surgery. Leggett, knowing that an operation would force him to miss the 2005 season, chose to let nature take its course.
"I wanted to wait and let it heal by itself," said Leggett, who caught 17 passes for 349 yards and a team-best 20.5-yard average last season. "It seems like I made the right decision."
With fall practice set to begin on Saturday, Leggett has ditched the protective boot and crutches he used for two months and, except for some lingering soreness when he pushes off, said his foot is recovered.
"I'm running full-speed," Leggett said. "I'm ready to go."
Leggett was injured during the first week of spring practice, but said he doesn't specifically remember getting hurt.