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OSU football notebook: New targets needed

By John Helsley and Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writers Modified: October 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm •  Published: October 13, 2010

Oklahoma State might explore other options in the passing game Saturday at Texas Tech, with three wide receivers on the injured list.

On Monday, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy ruled Michael Harrison out after the redshirt freshman required surgery to repair a fractured finger. At the mid-week point, Gundy considers Hubert Anyiam doubtful and Josh Cooper questionable to play in Lubbock.

Anyiam suffered a sprained ankle in OSU's win at Louisiana-Lafayette, where Cooper lasted just three plays before leaving with a head injury.

Gundy updated the status of all three Tuesday night on his weekly radio show. He clarified the injury to Harrison as a spiral fracture in three places, requiring a pin to stabilize the bones. Gundy said Harrison would likely be out 10 days, making a return for the Oct. 23 Nebraska possible.

Cooper practiced to some extent Tuesday, yet Gundy said he would be reevaluated on Wednesday before a decision is made on his availability at Tech.

The Cowboys will still feature Justin Blackmon, the nation's leading receiver. But if Cooper and/or Anyiam can't go in Lubbock, it'll be up to Bo Bowling, Colton Chelf, Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson to balance out the passing attack and make the Red Raiders reconsider extra attention on Blackmon.

Natural ability

Running back Kendall Hunter has been a key to the Cowboys limiting third-and-long situations. The senior has 110 carries this season and only 17 total lost yards.

"I've never seen a guy be able to make that first guy miss, a guy right at the line of scrimmage," offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen said. "If a D-lineman has penetration or they bring a corner off the edge, he can make that first guy miss behind the line of scrimmage, which prevents negative yardage situations."

It's a combination of vision and his natural ability to change direction in small areas which allows Hunter to make defenders miss.

"I usually see them before they come," Hunter said of defenders in the backfield. "If you don't, it's going to be problems."

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