Vili Leveni To Miss 2015 Season

Defensive tackle is a critical postion as there are simply not enough talented and athletic big guys to man the postion in college football and beyond. Oklahoma State will apparently be playing this season without projected starting defensive tackle Vili Leveni. The 6-4, 290-pound Leveni stated on his Facebook that he had surgery and would not play in 2015.

"Thanks everybody for the love and support," Leveni's post started. "Surgery went good, but unfortunately I'm going to be missing this upcoming football season. Gonna come back stronger though, believe that."

Last season Leveni was the third defensive tackle for the Cowboys behind James Castleman and Ofa Hautau. He finished with 16 tackles, 11 unassisted tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, a sack, and a quarterback hurry. Those may not sound like huge numbers but they are very solid for a third defensive tackle.

Leeini was due to be a strong force on the defensive line. This is an important injury that will call for younger defensive tackles to step up.

Leveni missed most of spring with a wrist injury, and my best guess is this is not the problem here and that Levini likely had an injury coming out of summer conditioning. We will see if OSU head coach Mike Gundy addresses the injury at the Big 12 Media Days.


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