Illinois WR Edwin Carter shared in July that he was cleared to return to action from his knee injury, but head coach Lovie Smith recently shared just how remarkable that news turned out to be.

Carter looked like he would be off to a strong season in 2018 when a scary collision led to a nasty leg injury. He was ruled out for the remainder of the 2018 season after recording two catches for 34 yards and two touchdowns in his Illini debut against Western Illinois.

Being out for the majority of your first season is bad enough. However, Smith shared Friday that the Illini coaching staff was anticipating a two-year rehab from the injury:

Being cleared for action less than a year after the injury speaks volumes to Carter’s resiliency. Now fans will hope he can remain healthy and prove to be an integral part of the Illinois offense.