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.”
GUNDY STILL PLEASED WITH SPECIAL TEAMS ORGANIZATION
Cowboy coach Mike Gundy was not shy about his assessment of the Cowboys' special teams play against Kansas State.
“Last week was terrible,” Gundy said.
OSU particularly struggled on the coverage teams, allowing 239 return yards, including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Tyler Lockett.
Gundy emphasized, though, that the execution was terrible, not the organization. That was a topic worth discussing this week with the return of Joe DeForest, who was OSU's stellar special teams coordinator before taking the defensive coordinator job at West Virginia this past offseason.
With DeForest gone, the special teams duties have been more divided among the assistant coaches this season, with graduate assistant Ty Linder taking the lead. Linder hasn't had quite the amount of responsibilities DeForest did, though, and Gundy has played a bigger role on special teams, as well.