After playing just a single game during his first season on campus, Justin Flowe has recovered to full health and he's ready to live up to his 5-star billing.
If his performance during Oregon's Spring game was anything to go off of, he's more than capable.
The program's second-highest rated signee of all time recorded five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback sack while seeing reps with the ones at points.
"I feel like I played pretty good," explained Flowe.
Oregon fans weren't the only ones loving what they saw on the field, Flowe's teammates did too.
"It's great to see him out there," said Spencer Webb. "He's a [physical] freak... It sucked seeing him go down last year but you can tell he's more motivated than ever and he's going to make some plays for us and I can't wait to watch that."
That sentiment was echoed by Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal.
"It's awesome to see him out there," he said. That guy is explosive, brings a ton of energy, and makes a ton of plays... He showed it today.
"To him out there outside with his guys in Autzen Stadium and making plays like he did was truly awesome."
For Flowe, it's been a long time coming since tearing his meniscus after seeing action in just one game as a true freshman.
"Getting injured really hurt me a lot. I never had a big injury before. I never had to get surgery before," Flowe said.
After the procedure, Flowe entered the mindset of "attacking rehab" and now he "feels good," as evidenced by his performance Saturday.
"The recovery process came and it took a long time so I took advantage of all the opportunities that I got and I just thanked God because I feel real good and it's real good for me now," said Flowe.
The linebacker explained he was told he would be getting limited reps during the Spring Game but the team clearly felt he was a full-go, allowing him to play live reps and see the field a ton. Cristobal added Flowe had been getting his reps increased each of the prior six practices and Flowe continued to want more and more reps, in addition.
On Saturday, he got his wish.
Flowe even saw time with the one's playing alongside his fellow 5-star signee Noah Sewell at times.
"Noah's my guy and we've been together for a very long time going to camps... going to bowl games," said Flowe. "It felt good [out there] because he's my brother and we play good together."
However, despite an impressive stat line, Flowe still thinks this is just the beginning for him.
"I feel like I can do more so I'm going to do way more."
Ducks fans eagerly await getting to watch him do so this fall.