BY GINA MIZELL
Mike Gundy says Lunt injury not as serious as initially thought
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy revealed during his media teleconference Sunday night that starting quarterback Wes Lunt's left knee injury likely is not “as serious as we originally thought.”
That's as far as the coach would go as far as announcing an official diagnosis, however.
“It's not fair to say one way or the other for several days,” Gundy said. “Because anytime that you have a lower extremity injury, you don't know for sure how bad it is.” Gundy expects to have more information on Lunt's injury by the end of the week. In the meantime, he said Lunt's knee will be placed in a cast or brace for at least four or five days to immobilize it in between treatments.
Lunt was injured on the sixth play of the Cowboys' 65-24 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium when he scrambled to his right and was knocked to the turf by blitzing ULL cornerback Melvin White.
Gundy pointed to the ankle injury that hobbled Kendall Hunter for most of the 2009 season as the reason why he is cautious about divulging too many details about an injury so quickly.
“I felt bad every week, when everybody kept asking me and I kept saying (Hunter) wasn't ready,” Gundy said. “We thought it was going to be a 2-3-week deal. It went the whole year.”
HEDGEPETH TEARS ACHILLES FOR THIRD TIME, OUT FOR SEASON
Though Gundy did not elaborate much on Lunt's injury, the coach did announce that backup cornerback Devin Hedgepeth tore his Achilles' tendon for the third time in less than a year and is out for the season.
Hedgepeth's injury happened Saturday while defending a pass from Blaine Gautier to Darryl Surgent near the sideline in the third quarter. Hedgepeth fell to the turf, which allowed the play to turn into a 73-yard score.
“It's really sad for Devin, who's a great kid who's battled back and rehabbed,” Gundy said. “It's tough to take.”
Hedgepeth first tore his Achilles in OSU's victory at Texas A&M last September, then re-tore it in December while getting out of bed. He was back on the field the first day of fall camp and returned to game action in the Cowboys' season-opener against Savannah State.
That means the recovery and progress of fellow backup corner Andrae May, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the spring, becomes even more important. May has returned to practice but has not yet played for the Cowboys this season.
“It's unfortunate with Devin,” Gundy said. “But hopefully we can get Andrae kind of up and going and kind of take his spot now that Devin won't be with us.”
GUNDY, SONS SPEND SATURDAY NIGHT DOVE HUNTING
Gundy joked last week that an 11 a.m. kickoff against ULL would allow him to be a “normal person” on a Saturday night.
So what do normal people do? Dove hunting, apparently.
Gundy said his original plan was to come home, change into comfortable clothes and watch some football. But His two youngest sons, Gunnar and Gage, had something else in mind.
“They said they wanted to go dove hunting,” Gundy said. “So I had to go back in there and change into my hunting clothes and go load the guns up and the shells up and the chairs up and the Mojos, and we went dove hunting for an hour and a half.”
Around 8 p.m., Gundy finally got to settle in and watch football, flipping back and forth between the Notre Dame-Michigan State, Utah-BYU and Texas-Ole Miss games. The Cowboys' next opponent is Texas on Sept. 29.