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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

December 13, 2006 at 11:09 AM

DuRocher feeling good

Washington quarterback Johnny DuRocher just met with the media here at Edmundson Pavilion, sporting a three-inch scar on the back of his head and a close-cropped hairdo, evidence of brain surgery 13 days ago to remove a benign tumor.
But he also flashed some wide smiles and his trademark self-depracating humor, evidence that he is on his way back to health.
In fact, after talking with reporters for about 20 minutes, DuRocher planned to head to the Dempsey Indoor Center and do some throwing of baseballs, his first athletic activity since the surgery.
“I’m feeling pretty good right now,” DuRocher said.
DuRocher said the total healing process will take 6 to 12 weeks. But he plans to be there when UW opens baseball practice on Jan. 15.
He also continues to hold out hope that he could return to the football field. He said doctors, after initially ruling it out, have said there is a chance he could play, and he said he’d like to if it’s possible. But he said any decision will involve his entire family and that decision has not been made yet.
DuRocher had the surgery on Thursday, Nov. 30 and was out of the hospital two days later. He said for a few days it was hard to sleep due to the medicine he was taking and the pain from the surgery. But it gradually began to go away and DuRocher quickly resumed normal activity such as walking, and last weekend, driving.
DuRocher said the experience has been eye opening in making him realize there is a lot to life beyond sports. On the other hand, it’s made him appreciate the opportunities he has had, one reason he’d like to return to football if he could, he said.
He’s also thankful for the way the operation turned out.
“I think back to all the things that had to go my way,” he said, pointing out that the tumor was discovered during tests for a concussion suffered against Stanford. If Isaiah Stanback and Carl Bonnell hadn’t been injured, for instance, he wouldn’t have been in the game that day.
“I really think about how lucky I am,” DuRocher said.
We’ll have more on this later.

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