NORMAN — DeMarcus Granger aptly calls himself "The Comeback Kid.” Seemingly down and out all through his Oklahoma career, the senior defensive tackle keeps coming back.
After being suspended for the 2007 season Fiesta Bowl, Granger had high hopes for 2008. In the best shape of his life, Granger overpowered opposing offensive lines during the beginning of OU’s schedule. But then at Washington, Granger was the victim of a retaliatory triple-team by the Husky offensive line that left him with ligament damage in his foot. Days later, doctors gave Granger the option of undergoing season-ending surgery to relieve the pain. But he chose to put off the surgery and made his way back to the playing field a month later against Texas, much sooner than anyone predicted. Eventually, severe back pain last December forced Granger to relent to surgery, which kept him out of OU’s bowl game for the second straight year. Granger’s career in Norman may not have gone the way he expected or hoped. But now, after seven grueling months rehabbing his body, he is back. And focused on ending his final season just right. "It would be amazing to finish my senior year off in a bowl game,” Granger said. "Maybe even the national title.”