OSU football: Calvin Bundage 'more locked in than he's ever been' after returning from injury
STILLWATER — Sidelined all of last season with a back injury that just wouldn’t go away, Calvin Bundage’s presence was missed at Oklahoma State.
Bundage took a redshirt year because of the injury, but came back healthy at the start of preseason camp two weeks ago.
And it didn’t take the Edmond Santa Fe product long to start causing problems from his linebacker position.
“When something gets taken away from you, you really appreciate it more,” defensive coordinator Jim Knowles said. “Calvin is more locked in than he’s ever been. Just focused.
“He seems to really appreciate football.”
The linebacker position is loaded with talent from returning starters Amen Ogbongbemiga and Malcolm Rodriguez, to backups Bundage and Devin Harper.
Knowles will have to get creative in how he uses those four, giving them all the chance to show their talents.
“I think we’re gonna be able to put some great combinations on the field in terms of personnel at different times,” Knowles said.
That could involve Bundage as a pass-rush threat, which has been a strength in his game since he moved from safety to linebacker early in his OSU career.
“It’s a big bonus getting him back,” senior defensive tackle Cameron Murray said. “Seeing him moving around in fall camp is a great sight to see, because you can tell he’s in shape now. He’s moving around fluid. Calvin brings a type of talent to the defense, and it makes a big difference for us.”