Oklahoma State football: Wes Lunt isn't only freshman Cowboys will rely on
Besides Wes Lunt, true freshmen C.J. Curry, Blake Webb, Austin Hays, Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin will also be counted on to play key roles.
STILLWATER — Wes Lunt as starting quarterback is enough to make Oklahoma State reliant on the true freshman.
But it goes beyond the 18-year-old signal-caller for the defending Big 12 champions.
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Six players on the Cowboys' most recent depth chart were still in high school at this time last year, perhaps making OSU the ranked team in the country that will most count on true freshmen this season. And it may be the largest amount of first-year players that coach Mike Gundy has expected to play key roles right away in his eight years as a head coach.
“Could be,” Gundy said. “Looking at it as a whole, I don't know. I haven't really studied that part. I'll say that this is the most talented group we've had, which allows us to rely on them more, because we feel like they can help us.”
Lunt is the only true freshman starting quarterback for a team ranked in The Associated Press' preseason top 25. Then add at least three receivers — C.J. Curry, Blake Webb and Austin Hays — and possibly as many as five, if Brandon Sheperd and Jhajuan Seales also see the field. Tack on two backup cornerbacks in Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin. A defensive end, most likely Victor Irokansi or Trace Clark, could also work into the rotation.
And that doesn't include the Cowboys who will play immediately on special teams.
To compare, defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin has one true freshman (backup right guard Dan Voltz) listed on its two-deep updated last week. National staple Virginia Tech has five true freshmen on its two-deep, though one is punter A.J. Hughes and another is J.C. Coleman, who is listed with two others as the second-team running back. Several other teams will wait until later this week to release their updated depth chart before the first game.
Gundy admits that the unknown with so many newcomers is a concern heading into the season, that practice and games are clearly different. But he remains optimistic about OSU's large crop of youngsters.