From a shattered left knee, to rushing 673 yards, running back Napolean Maxwell has had an unforgettable season. He went 33 months and nine days in between football games, but has since made a full recovery.
FIU (8-4, 6-2) will continue on to play against Toledo (7-5, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) in the Bahamas Bowl on December 21. An FIU victory there would set the school wins record and would also be just the second Panthers bowl win ever.
Maxwell, meanwhile, will enter the bowl playing at his peak. He concluded the regular season ranked sixth in Conference USA in rushing with 673 yards. His seven rushing touchdowns ranked tied for ninth, and his 5.6 average per rush tied for seventh.
That’s a huge improvement for Maxwell, considering his rebuilt left knee, which caused him to miss the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons. “Napoleon is a hard-working guy,” said running backs coach Tim Harris Jr. “I was here with him when he suffered those back-to-back knee injuries. He has worked his butt off to get back to top form.”
Maxwell will likely return to play next season. He has already earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. But he’s now working on a second major, in Criminal Justice, and he is due to complete that work this summer.
We are all looking forward to see Maxwell perform in the upcoming season and for FIU to win big at the Bahamas Bowl!
Read the Miami Herald article for the full story.