OSU football notebook: Josh Stewart might return to practice on Wednesday

Stewart left Saturdays' game with an apparent ankle injury.
by John Helsley and Gina Mizell Published: November 11, 2013

When receiver Josh Stewart left the field Saturday with an apparent ankle injury, it didn't look good.

The team's radio reports later said he was diagnosed with a sprain, although he did not return.

Asked Monday about Stewart's status, OSU coach Mike Gundy offered optimism.

“We're gonna try to get him out there Wednesday,” Gundy said of hopes that Stewart could return to practice Wednesday.

With Stewart out much of the game against Kansas, David Glidden stepped in and caught six passes for 73 yards — both career bests.

GUNDY EXPECTS TEXAS TO POUND RUN GAME

Texas ranks fourth in the Big 12 in rushing at 197.3 yards per game.

And while they just lost leading rusher Jonathan Gray for the season to an Achilles injury, Gundy expects the Longhorns to keep pushing the ground game Saturday when OSU visits Austin.

“I think they're gong to try to pound us and run downhill,” Gundy said. “I'd say their justified in their ability to do that.”

While the loss of Gray is significant for Texas, Malcolm Brown is a more than capable replacement and a former premium recruit. Brown has rushed for 442 yards and a 4.0 average per carry, with a team-best eight touchdowns.

“Their back's a good runner,” Gundy said. “I know they lost (Gray), but this one is a good player.

“They have a lot of speed. They're going to hand the ball off or flip it to those guys and let them run around the corner and try and outrun everybody. They've done that for a number of years. It's a great challenge for us.”

Along with Brown, a former elite recruit, the Longhorns also have veteran banger Joe Bergeron, who is averaging 5.5 yards per carry and scored a touchdown Saturday at West Virginia.

QUOTABLE

Cowboys guard Brandon Webb on the pressure of closing out a Big 12 championship:

“It's not really that much pressure. It's what we want. There's not really that much pressure if that's what you want to do. We had to sit back with our loss, but everything that we wanted was still out there. That's what we're trying to achieve.”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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