Oklahoma State football: Jake Jenkins starts at center in place of veteran Evan Epstein

by Gina Mizell Published: September 15, 2012
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With Evan Epstein out due to injury, Jake Jenkins got his first-career start at center in Oklahoma State's 65-24 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette. Jenkins talked about that experience, his emotions and the Cowboys' change at quarterback because of Wes Lunt's left knee injury.


How do you feel about your performance in your first-career start?

“It was good. I had fun. I went out there and played with everybody and just had a good game. I wanted to make the most of it. I was a little nervous. It's my first time starting in Boone Pickens Stadium, so it was a big deal.”

When you knew you were going to get the start, what was the preparation process like?

“It kind of started in Arizona, when Evan went down and I had to go in. I was a little nervous then. And then just coming back through the week, I've practiced with everybody before, so it wasn't that big of a deal. Today, it was just nerves, so it wasn't too bad. (Epstein) told me at the hotel last night, ‘Just make sure you look over everything.' He just said, ‘You're going to do good. I have faith in you.'”

How was the center-quarterback chemistry when the switch from Wes Lunt to J.W. Walsh happened?

“It was fine, because I've played with J.W., I've practiced with J.W. plenty. It wasn't a big deal at all.”


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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