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Injury Report: De’Zhaun Stribling, Lyrik Rawls Out for Kansas State

The Cowboys are without a starting safety and perhaps their best receiver.



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STILLWATER — The Cowboys will be without a top pass catcher and a starting safety with the Wildcats in town.

Dave Hunziker reported on the OSU pregame radio show that Oklahoma State will be without De’Zhaun Stribling, Lyrik Rawls, Davis Dotson and Justin Wright as the Cowboys host Kansas State at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Stribling was injured in practice last week, according to Hunziker. A 6-foot-3, 205-pound transfer from Washington State, Stribling has been a bright spot in a struggling OSU offense this season. He has caught 14 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown.

Stribling suffered a concussion early in OSU’s 33-7 loss to South Alabama in Week 3 but returned in the Cowboys’ loss to Iowa State in Week 4. Talyn Shettron is listed as Stribling’s backup. He has three catches for 42 yards this season.

Rawls posted on social media Thursday that he had surgery on his leg, so his addition to the injury report was expected.

In three games, Rawls had 20 tackles this season. That puts him fourth on the team in tackles despite playing one fewer game than most of his teammates. He also has 0.5 tackles for loss and had an interception in OSU’s win against Arizona State — the Cowboys’ only interception of the season.

Nick Session and Raymond Gay II are listed as Rawls’ backups on OSU’s most recent depth chart, but in Ames the Cowboys shuffled around and put Trey Rucker in Rawls’ spot and started Cameron Epps for Rucker. Mike Gundy said Rucker is “active” this week after Rucker was charged with a suspicion of DUI.

Justin Wright returned from injury earlier than anticipated when he played against Iowa State, but he is out again. Wright has two tackles this season playing behind Nickolas Martin.

Wright shared on social media ahead of Friday’s game that he also had surgery on a leg. He announced he will medically redshirt and return to action next season.

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