In a little more than one year, Oklahoma State starting quarterback Wes Lunt has missed game time because of three (four, really) separate injuries.
Lunt’s senior year of high school, he missed the first four games of the season after breaking his foot during summer workouts. He missed almost four games this season with a knee/ankle injury. Then he missed most of the second half of the Kansas State game with an apparent head injury, and his status to start Saturday against West Virginia is questionable.
No doubt, it’s been frustrating for Cowboy offensive coordinator Todd Monken. But he won’t label Lunt injury-prone.
“You don’t know sample size yet,” Monken said. “Is it concerning? Yes, because we haven’t had him healthy for an extended period of time. The moment you think, ‘Well, he’s injury-prone,’ then you think, ‘Well, he took some real shots at Arizona and TCU.’
“So you don’t want to overreact. And yet … we’ve got to either find a way to keep him healthy, or maybe it is an issue. We don’t know. That’s with everything. You don’t know yet. You just know that when he is healthy, he can really throw it and he is a good football player.”
The bevy of injuries do appear to be a recent development for Lunt, as his high school coach, Derek Leonard, told The Oklahoman earlier this season that the quarterback did not sustain any other significant injuries during his career there other than the broken foot.
Monken and coach Mike Gundy both said Monday that they expected Lunt to practice this week. If he is not ready to start against the Mountaineers, Clint Chelf will get the nod.
“He’s a young player,” Monken said of Lunt. “So you want to make sure that he’s healthy and he’s back and his confidence level is there and his belief in himself is there, because that can easily be shaken. We’re counting on him being back (to practice this week) and getting out there and throwing it around.”