WSU loses another player
Chronic shoulder pain has ended the football career of Washington State offensive lineman Dan Rowlands
this week, according to reports out of Pullman, Wash.
Rowlands, a fifth-year senior, started 21 games in his career, including all 12 last season at right guard. He was expected to start at right tackle this season
The Cougars were already without reserve defensive tackle Andy Roof
(expulsion) and starting receiver Jeshua Anderson
(hernia surgery). Starting left tackle Vaughn Lesuma
(back) and receiver Daniel Blackledge
(hamstring) are both questionable for Saturday's game.
The Cougars were already in poor position to handle such personnel depletions. They were stripped of six football scholarships over the summer because of their inability to meet NCAA Academic Progress Rate standards in recent years.
Oklahoma State has led the Big 12 Conference in rushing yards per game the last two seasons, but this year, former starter Dantrell Savage
is in the NFL, not in orange and black.
So the duties fall to sophomore Kendall Hunter
, junior-college transfer Beau Johnson
and junior Keith Toston
, who is coming off knee surgery, as well as a minor injury to the same knee that caused him to miss 10 days of practice during fall camp.