STILLWATER — This week's edition of the Oklahoma State depth chart listing Wes Lunt “or” J.W. Walsh as the Cowboys' starting quarterback against No. 12 Texas was expected.
So was Walsh attending Monday's media luncheon and saying he's approaching the week like he will take the first snap against the Longhorns on Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.
But rather than stay quiet about the status of Lunt's left knee injury, which was sustained on the Cowboys' first drive against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 15, coach Mike Gundy leaked info that suggested the freshman quarterback is healing quickly.
Gundy said the cast that has immobilized Lunt's knee for the past week or so would be cut off Monday and replaced by a removable brace. And though Gundy does not expect Lunt to be ready to practice Tuesday, the quarterback could return by the end of the week.
“(The medical staff members) like the way he looked, all the stuff that they think is important,” Gundy said. “I joked with them — I said, ‘Well, you need to get him out there Wednesday or Thursday.' They acted like that there's a chance he could be out there.
“Now, is he going to be full speed? I doubt it. I don't know. But the long-term looks much better than it did when he was lying out there on this field.”
So, is that the Cowboy coach simply being transparent? Or continuing to toy with an opponent by forcing UT to prepare for two very different styles of quarterback?
Probably a bit of both.
Though Gundy still has not released an official diagnosis on Lunt's injury and said following the ULL game that the next update would come when the team's injury report is released Friday, he has not completely shot down questions about it.
Last week, the coach revealed that the injury was not as serious as originally thought, but would not estimate recovery time because it's often difficult to predict how specific bodies will heal. Then came Monday's update. Even the NFL-style weekly injury reports — a new practice at OSU this season — have kept the public informed on the status of players all season.
It's certainly been a different approach than many college coaches, such as USC's Lane Kiffin, who last week ducked out of a post-practice media session when a reporter brought up a player's injury.
“I just felt like I needed to say something,” Gundy said. “Everybody wants to know about the quarterback. It is what it is. I love linemen, but they just don't draw the interest that a quarterback does.”