Oklahoma State football point/counterpoint: What is OSU's most pressing issue?

As the Cowboys approach the stiffest portion of the schedule, what stands in the way of a big finish?
by John Helsley and Gina Mizell Published: October 26, 2012

As the Cowboys approach the stiffest portion of the schedule, what stands in the way of a big finish?

Gina Mizell: Quarterback health

Yes, this is true even if Wes Lunt starts against TCU.

Even if Lunt is back to 100 percent healthy, the true freshman likely won't look like the same guy who set the Big 12 freshman record with 436 passing yards against Arizona. At least initially.

He hasn't played in a game in more than a month. He's been limited in practice — or hasn't practiced at all — at times during that stretch. Repetition was crucial to getting Lunt's timing and accuracy ready for big-time college football. To expect he's going to come back and be just as sharp is likely putting too much pressure on a true freshman who just turned 19.

OSU's best chance to win down the stretch is absolutely with Lunt at quarterback. But the Lunt we'll see at Kansas State and Oklahoma, and against TCU Saturday, won't be as far along in his development as he would have been without the injury. He will need to get back in the swing of things quickly to compete with the Big 12's heavy-hitters to come on the schedule.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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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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