- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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HOOVER, Ala. -- Christine Michael might not have done much this spring, but that didn't mean he wasn't ready.
Texas A&M's dynamic running back tore his ACL during the Oklahoma game late in the season but went through spring drills for a couple of weeks before new coach Kevin Sumlin pulled him off the field because he just didn't want to risk anything with his star running back.
"Christine is a guy who was really ready to go in the spring," Sumlin said at SEC media days Tuesday. "About Week 2 or 3, I pulled him off the field. He was doing too much, I thought, early. Anybody who watched him play last year knows that he's a big, physical guy. He doesn't have to explain or try to show me how tough he is. I get that."
Sumlin said he rested Michael to make sure that he got through the spring as healthy as possible before summer workouts started. The next step for Michael is to see whether he can take a real hit, which will come during preseason camp.
For now, Sumlin is confident that Michael, who rushed for 899 yards and averaged 6 yards a carry before his injury last fall, will be ready to go when the season starts. Sumlin said he's at a good weight of 223 pounds and there hasn't been much swelling in his knee.
"To me, he's 100 percent," Sumlin said. "I was looking at him [Monday], he came through the office, he looks great."
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