With just four days remaining until the opener against Washington State, the status of two members of the Oklahoma State football program who encountered legal issues this offseason remains unclear. Additionally, a pair of running backs are either reportedly already out the door or are considering making their way toward the door.
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According to the Daily Oklahoman, Gundy has yet to make a decision on whether or not defensive end Jamie Blatnick or safety Victor Johnson will be suspended for the opener. The former was arrested on a felony assault charge — he ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor — while the latter was arrested twice — once for pot possession, the other for drunk driving.
Speaking specifically of Blatnick, Gundy said that they’ll “have discussion with Jamie this week, and then make the decisions about his options for Saturday.”
Both players, incidentally, are listed on the Cowboys’ two-deep depth chart for the opener.
As far are the two backs are concerned, their situations are just as dicey. Tulsa World is reporting that it is believed sophomore Kye Staley has decided to leave the football program, although there’s been no confirmation from the school. Additionally, fellow sophomore Travis Miller is considering a transfer, several sources said.
Both backs had found themselves buried on the depth chart behind starter Kendall Hunter and his backups, redshirt freshman Jeremy Smith and true freshman Joseph Randle.