By Scott Wright
OSU receivers coach Trooper Taylor said last night that Artrell Woods is back healthy, so expect to see No. 83 on the field this weekend. Woods probably could have played last week against Troy, but the need wasn’t there. Still, it will be good to see the kid back on the field. There’s no more inspiring story in college football today.
Mike Gundy continues to maintain that Brandon Pettigrew is “day-to-day.” We’ll see if that ankle heals up, but so far, he’s still limited in what he can do at practice.
Lastly — and maybe even more importantly — Jeray Chatham’s foot injury is still lingering. Tim Beckman said on Saturday that it’s “a week-to-week deal,” but the OSU defensive coordinator seemed to be looking for the right words to describe his status. You kind of got a feeling that this isn’t just some minor nagging injury. We’ll see how it progresses, but Gundy is keeping the clamps down on injury talk.
And yes, I think Chatham is more important to the Cowboys than Pettigrew. Sure, Pettigrew is an NFL tight end. But OSU has plenty of offensive weapons besides him and can still put up 500 yards a game with him on the sideline. What the Pokes don’t have is a lot of talented defensive linemen. Chatham is the best they’ve got and they need him on the field, especially Oct. 11 when they visit Missouri.