Oklahoma State wide receiver Marcell Ateman has some extra motivation as the Cowboys look ahead to their opening game against Tulsa on Aug. 31.
After missing the 2016 season due to a broken bone in his foot, Ateman has an excitement that’s noticeable to teammates and coaches alike, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright reported Sunday. Teammate and fellow wide receiver James Washington described Ateman as “more hungry,” while head coach Mike Gundy said Ateman “realized how much he liked the game” after being sidelined a year ago.
Gundy added that Ateman “looks really good” and is “running around and making plays” in practice, according to Wright.
Ateman, a redshirt senior, caught 45 balls for 766 yards and 5 touchdowns as a junior in 2015. Ateman’s 82-yard touchdown reception against TCU that season ranks as the seventh-longest receiving play in team history.