STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy believes injured quarterback Wes Lunt could return to practice by the end of this week, although he is still uncertain whether he'll be able to play Saturday night against No. 12 Texas.
Gundy said Monday that he'd be surprised if Lunt is on the field when the Cowboys (2-1) resume practice Tuesday. Lunt was hurt against Louisiana-Lafayette, and his left leg was immobilized last week in a cast. Feedback from the team's medical staff of late has been promising.
“Everybody wants to know something but there's just not really much to say,” Gundy said. “They cut him out of his cast (Sunday) and he looked good. ... They like the way he looked, all the stuff that they think is important. I joked with them. I said, 'Well, you need to get him out there Wednesday or Thursday,' and they acted like that there's a chance that he could be out there. Now, is he going to be full speed? I don't know.”
Lunt was injured on the sixth play of Oklahoma State's 65-24 victory on Sept. 15. J.W. Walsh replaced him and led the Cowboys to a school-record 742 yards of total offense.
Gundy said he'd have an update on Lunt on Friday, when OSU releases its game week injury report. He has said he's not trying to withhold information on Lunt for a competitive advantage against the Longhorns (3-0).
“I don't really think it's a factor,” Gundy said. “I think they're down their practicing for J.W. because they know that Wes is injured. Could he go out there and play some Saturday? I guess he could, but we all have a feel that J.W. is probably going to be the guy that plays the most, unless it's something out of the ordinary.”
While Walsh is more of a running threat than Lunt, Gundy claims Oklahoma State won't make wholesale changes to its offense because it would adversely affect the rest of the players. With Walsh in the game against Louisiana-Lafayette, OSU frequently used two tight ends instead of four-receiver sets.
“I don't think Texas is concerned one bit. This is my opinion: They're going to run whatever they want to run and they'll make a decision out here what they do,” Gundy said. “They play a lot of man (to man defense) ... so it's not like you're playing a team that plays a lot of zone and varies that based on the offense you're going to face. They play different than most people.”
Lunt completed all 11 of his passes in the season opener against Savannah State then set a Big 12 freshman record with 436 yards passing in a loss at Arizona. He left the field on crutches.
Gundy said he's especially hesitant to give a timeline for Lunt's return after NFL-bound running back Kendall Hunter had a leg injury a few years ago and it took more than a month longer than expected for him to get back on the field.
In the meantime, Gundy said the Cowboys have confidence in Walsh if he's called upon to make his first career start.
“No matter where you are on the depth chart, you've got to prepare like every day you're one play away,” said Walsh, who threw for 347 yards and ran for 73 against Louisiana-Lafayette. “If you prepare that way and you prepare like you're the starter, when you do get a chance you're prepared and ready to go for the team.”