Stillwater senior offensive lineman Kelby Wickline didn’t think he could play this season.
Wickline, the son of Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline, had been dealing with an elbow impingement for the better part of nine months. But he rehabbed successfully over the summer in Dallas so he could return for the Pioneers to left tackle.
“My elbow was great and I gained some weight so I was like why not just give it one more try and play with my team one more time,” said Wickline, who added 30 pounds to his 6-foot-4 frame.
Wickline returning gives Stillwater depth up front to allow younger players more time to develop.
“We were so thin on the offensive line and the defensive line,” Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. “We had some of those kids we were training both ways, and we’re still training them both ways, but it just gives us an opportunity to add some depth.
“He makes us a lot better on the offensive line immediately.”
Wickline is already receiving interest from Arkansas State, Houston, Louisiana Tech and North Texas.