On Thursday, Marcell Ateman stepped on the field in Boone Pickens for the first time since Bedlam 2015.
In Ateman’s last game as a Cowboy, before suffering a foot injury during the summer before the 2016 campaign, he had five catches for 70 yards in the Sugar Bowl loss to Ole Miss. More than a year and a half later, he grabbed four balls for 75 yards against Tulsa as he starts his redshirt senior year as a part of arguably the best receiving corps in the country.
His first catch came in the first quarter where he turned a 10-yard comeback route into a 49-yard gain getting down to the Tulsa three-yard line. Ateman said it felt good being back on the field in front of the OSU fans.
He was one of six receivers making a catch in the season opener
Although he hasn’t been the top receiver in Stillwater since he stepped on campus, he is a big target with good hands that became reliable in his junior year.
After having only 22 catches or less the first two years in Stillwater, Ateman turned it around in 2015 recording 45 receptions for 766 yards.
Don’t expect Ateman to be a 1,000 yard receiver this year because of the depth at the position, but he will make key plays throughout the year and be a key to the Oklahoma State offense and its success.