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OSU DT Mike Mustafa leaves team for 'personal reasons'

Oklahoman Modified: August 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm •  Published: August 4, 2012

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State defensive tackle Mike Mustafa has left the program for “personal reasons,” a team spokesman announced Saturday morning.

Mustafa, a redshirt freshman, was regarded as a promising prospect on the defensive line. He was listed third on the depth chart behind Anthony Rogers and Christian Littlehead at one tackle spot and was expected to see his first action as a Cowboy in 2012.

Mustafa did not practice Friday or Saturday. He was still in good standing with the team when he decided to leave the program, the spokesman said.

The loss hurts the depth of the Cowboys at defensive tackle. That was regarded as a team strength heading into the season, which allowed OSU to move Nigel Nicholas back to his natural position of defensive end.

OSU will be helped in 2012 by the arrival of junior-college transfer Calvin Barnett, who has already ascended to the top of the depth chart at defensive tackle after a strong spring. Rogers is also a returning starter, and Littlehead was a significant contributor last season. Sophomore James Castleman and junior Davidell Collins, who both saw action in 2011, also return.

Mustafa, who sports a 6-3, 278-pound frame, was rated a two-star prospect by Rivals coming out of Cinco Ranch High School in Houston in 2011.