Cowboys wide receiver Tracy Moore hasn't played since sustaining an ankle injury in the second quarter against Kansas on Oct. 13 and was seen on crutches on the sideline against TCU.
Does Cowboy coach Mike Gundy expect to see Moore on the field again this season?
“I don't know,” Gundy said. “I thought they were actually going to do surgery, and now they've backed up on that and said that he didn't need it. I don't know.
“He's got one of those injuries that they put in a boot and take him out every five days and they test whatever it is they test, and then they either move him to the next stage or put him back in a boot. He was in a cast for a while. Tough deal.”
If Moore is unable to return in 2012, there is an odd possible consolation for the Cowboys. The senior would be eligible to apply for a medical redshirt,
Since he was suspended for OSU's opener against Savannah State for violating team rules, Moore would meet the NCAA criteria for a medical redshirt: participating in less than 30 percent of contests and not playing in the second half of the season.
A question, however: would Moore want to return for another season?
“I don't know for sure what he would do or what he would want to do,” Gundy said.
SHARP HONORED BY BIG 12
Cowboys kicker and punter Quinn Sharp was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week.
Sharp tied a school record of five field goals in OSU's 36-14 win over TCU. He also booted seven of nine kickoffs for touchbacks and averaged 43 yards on five punts.
“It's a good feeling,” Sharp said. “I had a little bit of a down game against Iowa State, missing those two field goals. I was hitting the ball well all day, but I just had a couple of mishits.
“To bounce back and go five-for-five and help out the team in a big way in the first half like that was big for special teams. Gundy challenged us this week to come up with some plays and we did.”
COWBOYS READY FOR LITTLE APPLE
OSU's track record of recent road success will be put to the test Saturday, when the Cowboys visit No. 2 Kansas State.
The Wildcats are 8-0 overall and 5-0 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, where every game this season is a sellout.
“It's going to be a packed house,” said Cowboys offensive tackle Parker Graham. “It's going to be a big game for us, but at the same time, we're not going to think about that.
“We're going to worry about their defense, and try to call plays that are going to counteract whatever they're trying to do to us.”
MONKEN GIVES LUNT HIGH MARKS
After missing most of four games to injury, OSU quarterback Wes Lunt looked shaky at times early on against TCU.
Eventually he rallied, finishing 18 of 33 passing for 324 yards and one touchdown.
“He played really well,” said offensive coordinator Todd Monken. “Even more-so because of the situation. If it was an experienced guy like Brandon Weeden, you wouldn't compare it to that. You would probably say it was average.
“But for a guy who hadn't played much or practiced much, I thought he bounced back pretty well.”