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.”
Cowboys Taking Their Turn(overs)
OSU leads the Big 12 in turnover margin at plus-4. And that figure represents the perfect marriage, with the offense yet to give the ball away through two games.
The Cowboys are one of only two Big 12 teams, along with Iowa State, to not commit a turnover so far.
“We really emphasize ball security in every drill we do,” Yurcich said. “Everything revolves around taking care of the football, being able to run at the pace we do and being able to get our athletes in space while understanding the importance of ball security and practicing those fundamentals.
“We want to be able to keep that going.”
BY JOHN HELSLEY AND GINA MIZELL
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