Top Emerging Players: No. 10 Kye Staley

We start two new series this week. This one is the Top 10 Most Important Emerging Players. To be eligible for this list you either have to be a returning player that has never had any regular playing duty on the team, be a newcomer or redshirt player that has yet to break into the line-up. The criteria is also need on the team, whether as a starter or in a critical spot on the depth chart.

#10 - Kye Staley, RB
5-10, 207, Jr.
Guthrie, Okla.

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has been ultra patient with Staley, a former Oklahoma High School Player of the Year who suffered a devastating knee injury coming out of his redshirt freshman season just before the 2008 season.

Since then Staley has tried to come back from an injury that both team doctor Dr. ValGene Iven and former head trainer Rob Hunt each said has only seen one other time in their medical careers. Both said the other time they saw it the player had his career end.

Staley tried a comeback once and backed away. Last season he tried and ended up serving as a student coach. In the spring he asked Gundy if he could try again and this time started the spring as a fullback, but then emerged through the spring as a legit third running back.

We will feature Staley in a story in the next issue of Go Pokes Magazine. Meanwhile, Gundy always wants to go in the season with three running back options and he has needed all three more times than not. Staley has had a great summer coming off that amazing spring in which he led all backs with 10 carries for 55 yards in the Orange-White spring game.

"Kye has had a great summer," said assistant athletic director for strength and conditioning Rob Glass. "He has lost a few pounds and is stronger and faster. What he is doing is really amazing."

Staley is determined and anybody that has dealt with that much adversity deserves some really good fortune. He is not taking anything for granted and will work his way right into the first game. There will surely be a lot of highlights in the Cowboys opening game against Louisiana but Kye Staley's first official carry as a Cowboy will definitely be one of them.

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