STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State football team got the worst news it could get regarding receiver William Cole's right knee injury.
The 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will be lost for the season, coach Mike Gundy said after his team's practice Friday evening.
Players and coaches alike have been raving throughout fall camp about Cole's skill with the ball in his hands. Earlier this month, co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Trooper Taylor even went as far as to say, "he's gonna be one of the great players they'll talk about around here for a long time” of the Cedar Hill, Texas, product.
With the potential for a breakout season from Cole now pushed back a year, where do the Cowboys look to fill that void?
"Artie Woods and (Jeremy) Broadway and DeMarcus Connor,” Gundy said. "Those guys are experienced guys that will have to step up and make some plays.”
Gundy could have to turn to one of his three true freshmen, Isaiah Anderson, Justin Blackmon or Adrian Richards, should the need for added depth arise.
"We may have to use a true freshman in a backup role,” he said. "We'll make sure we have one ready, and if so, we'll have to use him.”
Cole will also be missed as a kick returner, where he was pushing for the opportunity to play. Perrish Cox, Dez Bryant and Travis Miller are among the candidates to fill those two spots.
The injury occurred rather harmlessly in Wednesday's practice.
"It was just a football move, just a guy making a cut,” Gundy said. "Just a typical knee injury.