Oklahoma State coaches have already reached into the classroom (and the Boone Pickens Stadium broadcast booth) to find a third-team quarterback, wooing back former walk-on after starter Wes Lunt sustained a knee/ankle injury in September.
Now backup J.W. Walsh is out for the season, and Lunt is dinged up again, missing most of the second half of the Kansas State game with an apparent head injury.
So if Lunt cannot go against West Virginia, Clint Chelf gets the start and Jase Chilcoat slides up to the backup role, who becomes the new emergency QB3?
Charlie Moore, perhaps?
“I don't know, if Coach (Todd) Monken and them asked me to …” Moore said Monday.
Moore was a dual-threat quarterback for Bullard High School in Texas and was recruited as an athlete.
“It came up right at first, when J.W. got hurt,” Moore said. “But now since Chilcoat's back and everything, I don't know that's how that's going to work. But if I have to, I'm sure I'll run as fast as I can.
“If they tell me that, I'll just have to stay after (practice) and make sure I'm familiar with some plays. I'll do whatever they ask me to. There's no telling, though. Hopefully everybody's healthy.”
Monken has joked that maybe there's more where Chilcoat came from.
“The other day, the intramural league was playing on our field and I told Mike (Gundy) there were a couple good quarterbacks out there,” Monken said. “I was going to ask Jase if there was a guy who was second-team All-Intramural, so we could go pick him up.”
OPPONENT WATCH: WEST VIRGINIA STRUGGLES
Once the toast of college football with its high-scoring offense, West Virginia now brings a three-game losing streak to Stillwater on Saturday.
The common denominator in the three losses: an offensive slump, with the team seemingly struggling to adapt to defenses that have dropped into deep coverage and taken away the long balls that were so common earlier in the season.
The Mountaineers scored 14 points in losses to Texas Tech and Kansas State and needed two overtimes to get to 38 in last week's loss to TCU.
“It's the formula: back everybody up," quarterback Geno Smith told reporters this week. "Obviously, teams are very mindful of the fact we have a potent passing offense and it's very hard to throw against eight-man coverages every down.”
While teams have backed off, West Virginia hasn't taken advantage on the ground, rushing for a combined 296 yards in the three losses, averaging just 3.1 per carry.
“As of late, teams are kind of disrespecting our run game,” Smith said.
BARNETT COURT CASE CONTINUED
Oklahoma State defensive tackle Calvin Barnett appeared in court Wednesday for a driving under suspension charge, and the case will be continued until Dec. 17.
Wednesday's appearance pertained to Barnett's Oct. 30 driving charge, his sixth in the past six months. He's also scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 19 to face May charges of driving under suspension (twice), driving without insurance, speeding and failing to register a vehicle within 30 days of purchase. All charges are misdemeanors.
Barnett, who has started every game for the Cowboys so far this season, has tallied 15.5 tackles (4.5 for loss), four quarterback hurries and a pass break up.