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OSU football: Growing number of injuries have become a concern for Cowboys

The best way to illustrate the hit Oklahoma State's depth is taking is junior Nick Rockwell, a former walk-on who has never caught a collegiate pass, is now a backup receiver.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: October 15, 2012

Because Gundy no longer discusses specific player injuries, it's unclear when any of those hurt players will return to the field. He did say, though, that none of the new injuries are believed to be of the season-ending variety.

So what happens in the meantime?

Monken said subtle changes to routes and alignments are made with less experienced players. And the Cowboys will likely need at least a couple of those guys to contribute more, especially at receiver.

Spring star Charlie Moore had a breakout game against the Jayhawks, hauling in five catches for 97 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown. True freshmen like Austin Hays, who started Saturday and was in the game when things got tight in the fourth quarter, Blake Webb, C.J. Curry and Brandon Sheperd could see more time. Rockwell may get his shot. Redshirt freshman Torrance Carr, who has yet to play this season because of a foot injury, showed up on the depth chart for the first time this week, which could mean he is close to making his OSU debut.

“As long as (Tracy and Isaiah) are out, I'm going to try to do all I can to help this team,” Charlie Moore said. “When my name's called, to make plays. I'm going to do everything I can to help these young guys get it going and to be a leader for them.”

Added quarterback J.W. Walsh: “They may not have the leadership that Tracy and Isaiah had, but they still have talent and we still have faith in those guys. We just have to get the ball in those guys' hands and (let them) show what they can do.”

Monken ultimately knows it doesn't matter who is on the field for the Cowboys. He has to dial up an offense that caters to those players' strengths and can still find success.

“Whenever you start losing talented players, your efficiency is going to drop off,” he said. “Now, it's your job as a coach to figure out what your guys do well and to still move the ball and score points. That's your job, because that's what people care about.”


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