For the second consecutive game, the Oklahoma State depth chart lists Wes Lunt “or” J.W. Walsh as the Cowboys' starting quarterback heading into Saturday's road contest against Kansas.
With Lunt coming off a left knee injury sustained against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 15, both he and Walsh were also listed atop the depth chart for OSU's last game, against Texas. Lunt was not yet healthy enough to play against the Longhorns, so Walsh made his first collegiate start and passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns.
OSU coach Mike Gundy said he expected Lunt to return to practice by the end of last week.
The only notable change to the most recent depth chart is the “or” taken off the starting center spot, as Evan Epstein returned from the injury that forced him to miss the ULL game to start against Texas. Additionally, Jeremy Smith is still listed as the No. 2 running back, despite missing much of the UT game with an undisclosed injury.
OSU's 14 FIRST-TIME STARTERS RANKS SECOND IN NATION
Fourteen OSU players have made their first-career start in 2012, which is tied with Arizona State for the second-highest total in the nation. Air Force has had 17 first-time starters this season.
OSU's first-time starters include quarterbacks Lunt and Walsh, defensive tackles Calvin Barnett and James Castleman, centers Epstein and Jake Jenkins, safety Shamiel Gary, receivers Blake Jackson, Charlie Moore and Josh Stewart, offensive lineman Daniel Koenig, defensive end Ryan Robinson, fullback/tight end Jeremy Seaton and linebacker DeMarcus Sherod.
OPPONENT WATCH: KANSAS STARTING RB TONY PIERSON INJURED
Kansas starting running back Tony Pierson was knocked out of the Jayhawks' 56-16 loss at Kansas State on Saturday with an undisclosed injury.
On the season, Pierson has 59 carries for 319 yards and two touchdowns, as well as 15 catches for 198 yards and a score. He had tallied one carry for 10 yards and six catches for 63 yards, including a 19-yard score, in the first quarter before the injury.
“Tony's one of our few home-run hitters,” coach Charlie Weis told reporters following the game. “You saw on the screen pass. Most other guys would get 10 yards, but Tony makes guys miss in the open field and that's, as much as anything, the key ingredient.”
Taylor Cox and James Sims took over the majority of the carries in Pierson's absence.