posted 05.16.2011 at 8.15 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Virginia's Stanwick Closer to 100 Percent Healthy; Back at Practice

Tewaaraton Award finalist Steele Stanwick is just now back to a regular practice routine. Up until about 10 days ago, he hadn't practiced on the field for a month while nursing two separate injures: a severely bruised calf and a sprained foot.

But like an injured NFL quarterback who only plays on game days, Stanwick still played in most games for Virginia late in the regular season, although the injured calf caused the junior attackman to miss the Cavaliers regular-season finale against Duke April 16. He returned for the ACC tournament six days later.

With Virginia's biggest game of the year upcoming Saturday in the NCAA quarterfinals against second-seeded Cornell, Stanwick said he's just now feeling closer to 100 percent healthy.

"I would say I'm getting close. I would say 80 or 90 percent." Stanwick said during an appearance on the Dom Starsia Coaches Show on WINA 1070-AM in Charlottesville, Va., Monday night.

Stanwick injured his calf on the play in which he scored the game-winning goal in Virginia's 12-11 overtime win against North Carolina April 9.

"On the last play, it was pretty much a charley horse in my calf," Stanwick said. "I took a knee right to my calf and it swelled up to the point where I couldn't use the muscle. That was pretty much a bruise, as wimpy as it sounds."

He said the calf is pretty much totally healed now.

A dorsal capsule sprain in his foot is still bothering him, however. The injury has nagged Stanwick for much of the season.

"I sprained the top of my foot," he said. "It needs some time to heal, and it's tough to get some time during the season."

But he said he's back to almost practicing in full.

"I'm feeling a lot better," Stanwick said. "I'm actually able to do most of everything. I've been doing all the running in practice and pretty much every drill. Against Bucknell was the best it felt, so hopefully I continue to get better and continue to get closer to 100 percent."

His coach was certainly pleased to have him back.

"In spite of the fact that he's been a little gimpy at times this year, he's been our linchpin on offense and our quarterback," Starsia said. "It certainly did my heart some good to have him back on the practice field."

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