Oklahoma State wide receiver Tracy Moore hasn’t played since sustaining an ankle injury in the second quarter against Kansas on Oct. 13 and was on crutches on the sideline against TCU.
Does Cowboy coach Mike Gundy expect to see Moore on the field again this season?
“I don’t know,” Gundy said. “I thought they were actually going to do surgery, and now they’ve backed up on that and said that he didn’t need it. I don’t know.
“He’s got one of those injuries that they put in a boot and take him out every five days and they test whatever it is they test, and then they either move him to the next stage or put him back in a boot. He was in a cast for a while. Tough deal.”
But if Moore is unable to return in 2012, there’s an odd break for the Cowboys. The senior would be eligible to apply for a medical redshirt,
Why? Because he was suspended for OSU’s opener against Savannah State for violating team rules after his third run-in with the law in six months.
Missing that game means Moore has participated in less than 30 percent of the Cowboys’ contests this season, a requirement to apply for a medical redshirt. The other is that the injury occurs in the first half of the season.
But the question is, would Moore want to return for another season?
“I don’t know for sure what he would do or what he would want to do,” Gundy said.
In a Cowboy season marred by injuries, losing Moore would be the biggest blow. He was the Cowboys’ top returning receiver heading into the season, with 73 catches for 1,067 yards and eight touchdowns. This season, he has 20 catches for 259 yards and four touchdowns, with all four scores coming in a career game against Arizona. He had successfully transitioned from the inside receiver spot to the outside during the spring, and possesses a big body and playmaking ability at several spots on the field.
Without Moore for at least the immediate future, OSU will continue to rely on receivers like junior Charlie Moore, senior Isaiah Anderson and true freshman Austin Hays at the outside spots. To help make up for Moore’s production, the Cowboys have also moved junior Nick Rockwell and true freshman Blake Webb from inside receiver to the outside. Sophomore Josh Stewart and junior Blake Jackson have been the main contributors at inside receiver.
OSU has already lost six players to season-ending injuries: Quarterback J.W. Walsh, cornerbacks Devin Hedgepeth and Jonovan Griffin, tight end Justin Horton, wide receiver C.J. Curry and linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga.