STILLWATER — Just before the start of the 2013 season, Oklahoma State has lost a key piece of its offensive line.
Devin Davis, the Cowboys' projected starter at left tackle, has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and is likely out for the season, an OSU source told The Oklahoman.
The injury is a big blow to an offensive line that already enters the season with a fair amount of inexperience, following the departure of three seniors who started in 2012 in guards Lane Taylor and Jonathan Rush and center Evan Epstein.
But because of offensive line coach Joe Wickline's philosophy that requires his players to know multiple positions, the Cowboys have options for Davis' replacement.
Senior Parker Graham started 11 games at left tackle last season but had worked extensively at guard during the spring and fall camp. Redshirt freshman Michael Wilson is listed as Davis' backup at left tackle on OSU's most recent depth chart, which was released following spring practice. Junior Chris Grisbhy could also be a possibility.
Davis played in seven games as a redshirt freshman in 2012, including two starts. Originally a bit of an unheralded recruiting find for Wickline out of Nacogdoches (Texas) in 2011, Davis had continued to impress throughout the early part of his career before prepping to move into a full-time starting role for 2013.
“He's worked hard. He's worked really hard,” Wickline said before fall camp began. “His body has changed and his mind has changed. He's a great kid.”
The Cowboys have had bad luck at left tackle during the last two preseasons. Michael Bowie, the projected starter there for 2012, was dismissed for violating team rules just before fall camp began last year.