Almost two months after losing consciousness during a workout, Miami offensive lineman Hunter Knighton released a statement providing scary details of the incident and his plans for the future.
Knighton revealed that he had a 109 degree body temperature and was suffering from the flu when he suffered a heat stroke that resulted in “brain swelling, multiple seizures, and kidney and liver failure.” Knighton spent 12 days on a ventilator while fighting against “a loss of blood platelets, double pneumonia and fever.”
Knighton, a redshirt freshman from Pottstown, Pa., ultimately recovered and was released from the hospital on March 10 and now he plans to get back on the football field.
“I am so close to achieving my childhood goal of playing Division I football and I am determined to make it happen,” part of Knighton’s statement read. “ I plan to contribute this spring to my team and not only achieve my goal of playing major college football, but far surpassing it, and helping The U win games. Thank you to all of those who have supported me and prayed for me."
Miami head coach Al Golden praised Knighton and said that he was in line to earn the starting job at center before he fell ill.
"As we entered the spring of 2014, Hunter Knighton was distinguishing himself as one of the top performers on our team. He had completed our off-season training program ranked third among all of our offensive linemen and was emerging as a team leader. Hunter was so close to realizing his lifelong goal of starting at center in major football program when he fell ill,” Golden said in a statement.
“Since he first began the recovery process, Hunter has been nothing short of amazing and has been an inspiration to us all, approaching his rehab program with courage and fortitude. I have absolutely no doubt that Hunter will continue to persevere, make a full recovery, rejoin his teammates and realize all of his goals at The U."
The 6-foot-6, 295-pound Knighton was a three-star recruit in the class of 2013 coming out of the Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey. He enrolled early at Miami in January 2013 and redshirted his freshman season.
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