Oklahoma State fans have been anxious to know what was going to happen with senior wide receiver Marcell Ateman after being injured in late July and having to have foot surgery that has kept him off the field through now the ninth game of the season. Today, Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy ended the speculation and anticipation when he announced that Ateman would redshirt for this season and be back next season in 2017 to play his senior campaign.
"Ateman is going to redshirt. I'm glad you brought him up because I meant to say something about that earlier," Gundy said toward the end of his regular Monday news conference in Boone Pickens Stadium. "We could practice him and work to get him ready, which he hasn't done yet, and he might be able to play in another week but he wouldn't be 100 percent, just because he hasn't been out there all year. He might get two games in, three with the bowl game. He has never redshirted so he will be able to get a lot more out of being back for next season."
Gundy agreed the 6-4, 215-pounder out of Wylie (East), Texas would have the chance to play in the NFL and playing next season would greatly help him toward that opportunity.
Ateman was coming off a season where he caught 45 passes for 766 yards and five touchdowns with a 17.0-yards per catch average last season. He was looking forward to a huge senior season this fall, but the foot injury occurred on an early July morning when Ateman was working on his own running routes.
The foot injury is similar to the injury that defensive end Cole Walterscheid suffered last season and he missed most of the season after playing in the first game against Central Michigan and then being injured in practice. He made it back for the Baylor and OU games and the Sugar Bowl. Walterscheid had already redshirted, so he had no options.
Ateamn, who has 87 career receptions for 1,310 yards and the five touchdowns in his career, had never redshirted so he had the option right there.