Alabama's Hightower trying to regain 2009 form

By: AP
By: AP

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower feels like he's back in 2009 form.

Hightower says his surgically repaired left knee is recovered
and he's maintained his playing weight of about 260 pounds for
spring practice.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban says Hightower got "over the
hump" physically during the offseason workout program. The junior
finally shed his knee brace for the bowl game after having surgery
to repair a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in September 2009.

Fellow linebacker Nico Johnson says he doesn't think fans "have
seen the best Dont'a Hightower."

Hightower started 12 games as a freshman but was injured four
games into the 2009 season. He still returned for last spring and
finished with 69 tackles.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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