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August 19, 2006
Impact performers welcomed back into the fold
Time heals all wounds - and apparently violations of team rules and academic issues.
Rarely does a school go an entire season without having to deal with a season-ending injury, a key suspension or academic problems with one of its players.
Luckily for the players below, they get to return to the field this season healthy and in good standing with coaches and professors.
National championship hopes could hinge on the knees, ankles, backs and study habits of several players.
Sure enough, team doctors and trainers will earn their keep this season.
Ohio State will need linebacker Marcus Freeman to make a full recovery to offset the loss of its three starting linebackers.
Notre Dame can always add another offensive weapon and will get one back this year with receiver Rhema McKnight.
Here are the top 10 impact players returning from injuries, suspensions or academic problems that kept them out for at least half of the 2005 season:
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