Nearly a year after breaking two bones in his left leg during spring practice, Gophers captain Kim Royston was cleared Wednesday to return to a new session of spring ball. Royston will take part when drills open Thursday, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill said, although "we'll be careful with him." The senior safety successfully petitioned the Big Ten for an additional year of eligibility, though that was perhaps the easiest hurdle Royston has overcome since the freak injury last April 13. Three different surgeries, the placement of a titanium rod, and several months worth of rehab work have combined to make the St. Paul native healthy enough to resume his Minnesota career. "He's done a great job of working his tail off to get back," Kill said. "He'll be full-go tomorrow, and that's a credit to him."
Randy Johnson has been covering college football in one form or another since the early 1990s. He was the Star Tribune’s main college football editor on the copy desk for nearly two decades before returning to reporting in August 2017 as the beat writer for Gophers football. Randy has covered a Rose Bowl (Joe Paterno’s 1994 Penn State team), and he covered a John Gutekunst-coached Gophers team that missed out on the 1990 Weed-Eater Bowl. Email Randy to talk about the Gophers.
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