“Honestly, if you're going to get injured, I probably got injured at the greatest time of the entire season,” Epstein said. “So I'm glad to have got that out of the way and move on from that.”
GUNDY, LAVEY PROUD OF RUN DEFENSE
The OSU defense has come under criticism early in the season, most notably the pass defense against Arizona and Texas.
But Gundy has said he has been proud of the way the run defense — a unit that ranks 36th in the nation (121.25 yards allowed per game) — has performed thus far.
And finding success in that part of the game has been fun for Caleb Lavey, a middle linebacker who prides himself on being in the right spot on the field at the right time.
“You watch enough film, you kind of know what they're doing on the run,” Lavey said. “And it's just that aggression, ready to just get the ball out and fight. That's one of my favorite games is the downhill run.
“Everyone's fired up to get dirty down in the trenches and play the run.”
OPPONENT WATCH: NEW KICKER FOR KANSAS?
Kansas coach Charlie Weis has been tinkering with personnel moves recently — the Jayhawks practiced without seniors Sunday — in light of KU's 1-3 start.
Could one change come at kicker?
Weis suggested during his weekly radio show Monday night that he may use a different kicker against OSU. Ron Doherty has made five of his 10 field-goal attempts this season and is just 1-of-5 from distances longer than 30 yards.
“I think the one thing you'll see is we're gonna get some other specialists involved in the game,” Weis said. “That's the way you try to improve it. And that won't be the only position.”