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Oklahoma State C Evan Epstein ready for eight games in eight weeks

by Gina Mizell Published: October 9, 2012
Evan Epstein is ready to get back on the field
Evan Epstein is ready to get back on the field

Evan Epstein is ready to get back on the field after two byes in three weeks.

Conference realignment is largely to blame for the scheduling quirk that gave OSU two byes in three weeks.

That means the Cowboys don’t have any more weekends off — which usually allows players to travel home to visit their families or simply take some time to relax. Instead, they will play eight games in eight weeks to finish the season.

Count center Evan Epstein as a guy who is looking forward to getting back into a routine.

“I don’t like bye weeks as much as other guys,” Epstein said. “I think that kind of takes you out of a flow that you end up getting into. We’re so used to our schedule, and I think when you have an eight-week stretch (of games), it kind of helps out.

“You’ve just got to make sure you stay healthy and stay mentally in the game.”

The two bye weeks did benefit Epstein’s health, however. He injured his ankle late in OSU’s game against Arizona and missed the ULL contest. But he returned to start against Texas and said Monday the ankle feels fine.

“Honestly, if you’re going to get injured, I probably got injured at the greatest time of the entire season,” Epstein said. “So I’m glad to have got that out of the way and move on from that.”

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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