A round of applause first started by the quarterbacks was music to the senior's ears.
"It felt like coming home," he said. "It was just a great feeling to see all the guys support me."
Having flunked out of BYU in May 2008,
He was watching film with other running backs before practice when the word came from BYU's NCAA compliance office that he had been accepted for readmission.
"It was an uphill battle," he said. "It was hard, but I did it, with the help of my friends here."
With BYU's opener looming two weeks from today against
"I think I am ready, but I think that is just me speaking," he said. "I am just anxious to get back on the field, but right now I am probably 90 percent, 80 or 90 percent."
Wearing his familiar No. 11 (which sophomore O'Neill Chambers gave back),
Coach Bronco Mendenhall said he cannot say yet whether
Splitting time with Fui Vakapuna, now playing for the Cincinnati Bengals,
"I am glad he is back in school, and that is most important. I am [eager] to help him in his studies, first and foremost," Mendenhall said. "The football part will take care of itself."
The coach said
"The team is cheering not only because he is back out here, but because he is at a place in his life where he can manage different things that he has got to do," Mendenhall said.
Due to NCAA rules regarding how players acclimate to summer practices,
He said he stayed in reasonably good shape by playing for a local rugby team. After running through a practice for the first time in more than a year, he said things were already starting to come back to him.
Most of all, he felt accepted by his teammates.
" I feel like they are carrying on, doing what they have been doing since the winter," he said. "Me jumping in late, they are just very accepting of me. It was good to come back and to have them embrace me like that; it was perfect."