Oklahoma State defensive tackle Christian Littlehead, who on Wednesday was charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and battery in Cherokee County, returned to the team for Saturday's scrimmage.
Coach Mike Gundy said he will determine Littlehead's status with the program once he gathers all the information about the situation, which he estimated could take two or three weeks.
“I've always followed the policy that guys are relatively innocent until proven guilty,” Gundy said. “And that's the only way that we can do things. Oklahoma State people have to trust that once I get the information, I'm going to do what's best for this school.”
Littlehead, who is listed as a backup on the preseason depth chart, did not practice Friday morning, the same day a warrant for his arrest was recalled. Littlehead is accused of punching a woman in the face at a party in March, according to court documents. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 24.
Wednesday's charge was Littlehead's third run-in with the law in the past eight months.
He was charged in December with one count of misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession after OSU police found two homemade smoking devices with residue at his on-campus residence. He pleaded guilty in February, and his final sentence was deferred until Aug. 27. He was also suspended for the Fiesta Bowl by OSU coach Mike Gundy.
In May, Littlehead was arrested in Tahlequah on a complaint of public intoxication.
OFFENSE WINS FIRST SCRIMMAGE
The Cowboys held their first scrimmage of fall camp Saturday night, with the offense outperforming the defense throughout most of the 115 plays.
Gundy said the defense gave up too many big plays until forcing a couple turnovers during two-minute drills. He called the offense “very effective,” particularly the play of running backs Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith and true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt.
“We expected him to play well,” Gundy said of Lunt. “He will still go through some growing pains, but I was pleased with him in how he handled our offense.
“A couple times our running backs got lined up wrong, and he adjusted them and got them set, which is not easy to do when you play as fast as we do. His demeanor, his temperament, was good. I thought he released the ball well, in throwing lanes he got it up high.”
EIGHT FRESHMEN COULD PLAY THIS SEASON
With 10 practices in the books, several Cowboy newcomers have gotten a chance to show they are worthy of immediate playing time in 2012.
Gundy said coaches have tabbed up to eight true freshmen that could play in the Cowboys' first game, including Lunt, receivers C.J. Curry and Blake Webb and cornerbacks Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin.
“We will confirm that, for the most part, one week from today, unless something happens crazy injury-wise,” Gundy said.