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.