In the nine days or so since Wes Lunt suffered a knee injury in a win over Louisiana-Lafayette, Oklahoma State has kept the status of its starting quarterback under wraps, going so far as to not even reveal the exact nature of the injury.
With Texas looming on the horizon, that gamesmanship has continued.
On the Cowboys’ depth chart released over the weekend, Lunt and J.W. Walsh are listed as co-starters six days ahead of the Longhorns game. The Daily Oklahoman‘s Gina Mizell, who does as good a job as any beat writer in the country, writes that she “still expect[s] Walsh to start that game” against UT despite the current “OR” nature of the depth chart.
Lunt suffered the injury to his left knee early on in Week 3 and was replaced by Walsh. All the redshirt freshman did was respond to the bullpen call by completing 21-of-30 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns against the Ragin’ Cajuns in the first extensive action of his collegiate career.
If Lunt is indeed unable to go as some expect, Walsh would move on from the first extensive action of his collegiate career to his first start at this level. His high school coach was asked by Tulsa World if the stage would be too big for his former player.
“No,” said Denton (Tex.) Guyer High School head coach John Walsh. “It will be the biggest stage he has played on, but I don’t think big stages get to him. I think he has dreamed about this enough that he honestly feels like he is supposed to be there and I think that is how he will play.
And, yes, John Walsh is father of J.W. Walsh.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.