STILLWATER — The status for injured Oklahoma State starting quarterback Wes Lunt remains uncertain heading into the Cowboys' Saturday night game against No. 12 Texas, as the school opted not to release its weekly injury report Friday afternoon.
“We know injury reporting has been a hot-button issue around college football in recent weeks, and we experimented with releasing injuries on Fridays,” a school release said. “However, those reports have led to unintended consequences.
“We will not issue an injury report this week but we will continue to evaluate the best way to address this issue moving forward.”
Lunt sustained a left knee injury early in OSU's last game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 15. He wore a cast to immobilize his leg during the Cowboys' bye week, then on Monday had that taken off and replaced with a removable brace.
Lunt “or” backup J.W. Walsh had been listed as the starting quarterback for the UT game on OSU's most recent depth chart. Coach Mike Gundy said during his Monday press conference that the medical staff had been encouraged by Lunt's recovery and that he could return to practice by Thursday.
Walsh shined when taking over for Lunt against ULL, throwing for 347 yards and four touchdowns and running for 73 yards and a score. A redshirt freshman from Denton, Texas, Walsh is a dual-threat quarterback, while Lunt is a pocket passer.
Lunt became the Cowboys' first true freshman starter since Tone Jones in 1993 when he started OSU's games against Savannah State, Arizona and ULL. He has completed 68 percent of his passes for 588 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.