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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Former blue-chip recruit rejoins Cowboys

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Running back Kye Staley, an ESPNU 150 recruit in 2008, has rejoined the team at Oklahoma State after suffering a major knee injury in 2009 and quitting football last August.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy told reporters after the Cowboys' first spring practice on Monday that Staley had been working out with the team after gaining permission from Gundy, and later asked if he could take part in spring football.

"Kye is a special young man. He loves being around the team and he loves football. He had a very traumatic injury and he's working his way back," Gundy told reporters. "He does look good. I would like for nothing more than for him to hold up and compete."

Staley, a native of Guthrie, Okla., just north of Oklahoma City, signed with Oklahoma State as the nation's No. 14 running back and No. 117 overall recruit. He was considered by many recruiting services as the top prospect in Oklahoma.

The 5-foot-10 Staley gained weight, up to 213 pounds, and moved to fullback. Oklahoma State has a need at the position this year after Bryant Ward polished off an All-Big 12 season as a senior in 2010.

David Paulsen and Zach Fullingim are the only fullbacks listed on Oklahoma State's two-deep at the position, but it'd be a great story if Staley got back to 100 percent and earned some playing time as a junior in 2011.