Stingy, scary, stud — there are so many words to describe Kolby Harvell-Peel last season.
Oklahoma State’s improved defense last season saw multiple players breakout, but safety Harvell-Peel has his cards in as the best — he led the team with five interceptions.
“He doesn't really talk much, but when he does, we all look up to him,” linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez said. “On the defensive side, everyone's played a lot of snaps. So we look up to people like that.”
It was all going great for this defense, then Harvell-Peel suffered a gruesome knee injury on Nov. 30, on the last play of the game against Oklahoma.
His absence was a hindrance to OSU’s hopes of winning its bowl game against Texas A&M, but Cowboy fans can take solace in the fact the stud safety is returning.
“Everybody keeps saying stuff about me being a vet now, and I'm still new,” Harvell-Peel said. “I've only been here for two years. But to see young guys come in and be able to play with them and try to give them any bit of wisdom that I've got, it's definitely fun. We've got young guys that are out there making plays, too. So it's more fun when you can go out there and fly around.”
Talented guys such as Harvell-Peel typically stick out as leaders, and it seems he’s made that sort of impact in Stillwater.
Still, it took some time for Harvell-Peel to break out of his brace and get back to making big plays.
“I don't know exactly how long I was in it, but through the first half of camp I was in it,” Harvell-Peel said. “Then there was a practice that was a pretty light day, so I started getting more movement and making sure that I felt secure with it. After that I when in and told them I felt good. Ever since then I've just rolled without it. Definitely feel like I can move better without it.”
It’s a great sign for one of the best safeties in college football.
Harvell-Peel commended defensive coordinator Jim Knowles for scheming him well and getting him into spots to succeed.
But in the end, he’s just focusing on his heatlh.
“Kolby's doing good back there,” Rodriguez said. “He's flying around, looks just like he was last year if not better. He's recovered and he's ready to go.”