Oklahoma State wide receiver Marcel Ateman, the team’s second-leading returning receiver, could miss the first month of the season after foot surgery. The Oklahoman reported the news Thursday.
— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) July 28, 2016
Ateman, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior, suffered the injury during a non-contact workout.
Oklahoma State wide receiver coach Kasey Dunn is uncertain as to Ateman’s recovery schedule.
“I don’t know [when] that’s going to be,” he said. “I’m hoping as soon as possible. He’s had a great summer. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I think he’ll be back probably sooner than later.
“I’m bummed though, because it’s a little bit of a setback for him. His play was going up, up, up. And it all started about Game 6 or 7 last year, where he really started to climb. Played well against Baylor. Played really well against Ole Miss. Had a great offseason. Summer was killer. And then he gets nicked.”
Ateman had 100-yard receiving games against Kansas State and Iowa State last season. He finished with 45 catches for 766 yards and five touchdowns.
The Cowboys have to replace leading receiver David Glidden but the position is one of the deepest in terms of talent. James Washington, who had 53 catches for 1,087 yards and 10 touchdowns, is expected to be the go-to target.
In Ateman’s absence, Jalen McCleskey,Austin Hays, Jhajuan Seales, and Blake Jarwin will see more playing time and will have to provide options for quarterback Mason Rudolph.