Pine River quarterback anxious to come back following collarbone injury
LEROY — Skyler Nelson has been waiting for this moment for many months now.
Nelson is a senior quarterback for Pine River’s football team and he has been partaking in summer workouts with his team and new coach Terry Martin.
Nelson is coming off a season-ending broken collar bone midway last season in the home game against Evart. He eventually returned for the basketball season and also played a full baseball schedule. Now it’s back to football.
Nelson said he’s been in every weight lifting and conditioning workout during the summer. They also went to a veer camp.
Basketball camps have also been on Nelson’s schedule. His focus right now is football.
“Every season’s been really important to me but this one maybe more than ever,” he said. “I’m coming back from an injury.”
It was his left collarbone that Nelson broke but he said he’s fully recovered.
Nelson, with Terry Martin taking over at coach, is learning the new Pine River option offense.
“By the first game (Aug. 29 at Kalkaska), we’ll be ready to go,” Nelson said. “I’m looking forward to it. It’s a little bit of a change. It will be nice.”
Nelson also is looking forward to playing defense and is waiting to see what new wrinkles he’ll face on that side of the football.
The first day of three-week preseason practices starts Aug. 12.