Gina Mizell: OSU's Tracy Moore eligible for a medical redshirt if injury is season-ending

The Oklahoman's OSU beat writer Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a look at today's Q&A.
Oklahoman Modified: November 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm •  Published: November 2, 2012

The Oklahoman's OSU beat writer Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a look at today's Q&A.

What are your thoughts on Tracy Moore? Is he likely done for the year?

I don't think the coaches/medical staff necessarily know the answer to that question yet. Gundy told us Monday that he was initially going to have surgery, which almost surely would have put him out for the rest of the season, but then they decided he didn't need it. Still, him being on crutches last week certainly wasn't a good sign, and I don't expect to see him anytime soon. And at this point in the season, he kind of needs to be back "soon" in order for him to play again this year. The interesting catch, though, is he would be eligible for a medical redshirt if the injury does turn out to be a season-ender. Whether he would take it and come back another year is an entirely different question.

The Cowboys have a great history of punters and kickers ... with Quinn Sharp being the latest example (and one of the best in school history). Who's on deck to take the role next?

No question it's been a huge factor as of late ... with Matt Fodge and Dan Bailey and now Sharp. Bobby Stonebreaker at kicker and Michael Reichenstein are the backups right now. A name I'd still potentially look out for is Kip Smith. He transferred this semester from UCLA. Not on the official roster, but still on campus, as far as I know. Thanks for reminding me to ask about him, by the way.

I haven't heard Shaun Lewis' name called as much this year as last, have the other linebackers kept him off the field some, or am I just not watching closely enough?

I actually think Shaun Lewis has had a pretty solid year. He was very good against Texas, in particular, if I remember correctly. But Lyndell Johnson is his backup, so he's been rotated in there quite a bit, and I don't see that changing because of what LJ brings to the table. Lewis is better against the run and at rushing the QB, while Johnson is better in pass coverage.

I don't know how much you keep up with OSU basketball, but was Cobbins' injury last night serious? Also, what did you think of the newcomers?

I was not at the game last night — John Helsley was. Cobbins' injury was his big toe, and Ford was kind of "we'll see" about it. After Brian Williams' injury, and Jurik and Olukemi coming off injuries, you certainly don't want another one. But it didn't seem to be too serious. I think Smart is going to be a star and fill up the stat sheet. Sounds like Forte shot the ball extremely well. I'll be at the season-opener next week and will have better thoughts then.

Do you expect to see Torrance Carr produce any by the end of the season? I would think with the lack of depth at WR he would be seeing the field more.

I'm actually surprised we haven't seen him more, too. I suppose the injury in preseason camp set him back more than expected. There isn't a lot of depth at IR right now, with Blake Webb and Nick Rockwell moving to the outside to help make up for the loss of Tracy Moore. It's pretty much just Josh Stewart and Blake Jackson at those spots right now, with a little John Goodlett (who's also coming off injury) mixed in. Carr has played a bit but hasn't yet recorded a catch. Maybe that changes Saturday.

How many turnovers will the Cowboys force on Saturday against Kansas State? How big of a factor will that be in the game?

It'll be huge. The turnovers have started to come for the OSU defense over the past couple games, with three forced against TCU last week. That's the goal for the Cowboys each game, and it finally came in Game 7. But Klein, literally, hasn't turned the ball over in Big 12 play. And what makes K-State so successful is it simply doesn't make mistakes. OSU will have to force them into bad situations, and turnovers can certainly do that. I'd say OSU needs at least 2 or 3 Saturday. It won't be easy.

No love from the collective media for the Cowboys this weekend (understandably), but what's the team's tone as they approach the game?

Seemed pretty upbeat in talking to everyone earlier this week. The players have a ton of respect for Collin Klein, Bill Snyder and this team. And they should. But they're also feeling confident about how they're playing, particularly on defense. This Wildcat team will obviously be their toughest test, but they'll go up to Manhattan feeling like they're prepared to play a great football team.

What needs to happen tomorrow night in the little apple for Oklahoma State to pull the upset?

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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