Running back Todd Macon is prepared to make his season debut this weekend when the Flames host Saint Francis. Macon suffered a non-contact knee injury during spring practice in early April, tearing his ACL and both menisci in his left knee. His original timetable to return was October-November, but that timetable has been pushed up.

Macon was 2nd on the team in rushing in 2016, finishing the season with 620 yards and 7 touchdowns while making 10 starts. For his career, Macon has rushed for 1,189 yards. He has been participating in some individual drills, but wasn’t fully cleared until this past weekend.

“Now, we have a stable of backs and you can do a lot of different things,” Offensive Coordinator Joe Dailey said of Macon’s return.  “We’re excited to have him back because he adds a different dimension as a running back. He’s physical. He’s violent. He loves contact. He’s played a lot of football. He’s had a lot of success.”

Dailey says there has been no specific number set for Macon’s play count this weekend. “Obviously, we have to get his feet wet and see what he can and can’t manage, but he’s done a good job of staying in shape and trying to get himself game ready. We’re just going to manage it to see how he handles those first couple carries in those first 2-3 series we put him in.”