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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.”

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Oklahoma State linebacker Calvin Bundage. [Bruce Waterfield/Courtesy of OSU Athletics]

Oklahoma State linebacker Calvin Bundage. [Bruce Waterfield/Courtesy of OSU Athletics]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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