Caleb Lavey did his part Thursday night to put to rest any doubts that he's back to his old self on the football field following foot surgery during the offseason. The Oklahoma State commitment and his Celina (Texas) High School teammates opened the 2009 season with a 28-7 victory over Ferris at the University of North Texas.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Lavey had offseason surgery early in the summer because of chronic stress fractures, and proclaimed himself 100 percent in July.
He showed the Ferris Yellow Jackets that he was in mid-season form with 17 tackles and one forced fumble in Thursday night's opener. The Celina defense allowed only 71 total yards and eight first downs in the game. Ferris scored its lone touchdown in the game's final two minutes with the outcome already decided.
Lavey is rated as the 22nd-best middle linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout.com.