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Oklahoma State offensive line holding strong despite injuries

Gina Mizell Modified: September 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm •  Published: September 9, 2013

Parker Graham chuckled when asked about the Cowboys’ latest shift on the offensive line. Starting right tackle Daniel Koenig did not play against Texas-San Antonio because of an undisclosed injury, which moved Chris Grisbhy over to that spot for his first career start.

“It just keeps happening, right?” Graham said.

The Cowboys were already without projected starting left tackle Devin Davis, who sustained a season-ending knee injury during fall camp. That caused Graham to move from guard back to left tackle and Travis Cross to start at right guard.

So Saturday’s starting lineup looked like this: Graham-Brandon Webb-Jake Jenkins-Cross-Grisbhy. Redshirt freshman Paul Lewis and junior college transfer Brandon Garrett also saw action.

Not exactly the first unit Joe Wickline and Co. envisioned when camp began a month ago. But, as usual, the line has held strong through two games, allowing two sacks and helping an offense that rushed for 286 yards against Mississippi State and passed for 518 yards against UTSA.

“You never want that to happen, obviously, with guys that are so tight as a group as an offensive line,” Graham said. “But luckily, we’ve got young guys that have stepped up. Chris played a great game (Saturday) and so did Cross. A lot of the other young guys got to play today, too.

“So we’re gonna go back and watch film and see what happened, and hopefully Koenig will recover and everything and be around for our next game.”