Injury to Lundblade Reportedly Clears way for Wilson to Make Start at Center

Written by Kyle Boone

Oklahoma State’s dwindling depth along the offensive line will force Johnny Wilson into action as a starter this week again at a new position, this time at center where he’ll be replacing Brad Lundblade.

According to, Lundblade suffered a serious foot sprain against Texas Tech. And while the bye week likely gave him ample time to rehab, he was seen at practice this week on crutches and a walking boot. So it sounds like he’s out this weekend to continue recovering despite being listed as the No. 1 center on the depth chart on Monday. It also sounds like Wilson, who OSU recruited out of high school as a center but has used most often at guard, is likely in.

“I’ve always had confidence in Johnny Wilson, and he did a great job,” QB Mason Rudolph said of his new snapper. “He came in and made all those right calls and was very physical and I watched the film and it kind of backed up all the things that I saw. He did a great job and he’s a fun dude. He’s up for the challenge, he’s a tough dude and he’s a competitor.”

Is there any concern that OSU’s veteran center Brad Lundblade, a starter who hasn’t missed a game in the last two seasons, won’t be on the field? Well, duh. But Wilson’s a nasty offensive lineman in the trenches, and center is his natural position up front. He seems to be ready for the challenge.

“Our coach always says, ‘You never know when your play’s going to happen,’ and my day just happened to happen early in the season,” Wilson told ” Like (Coach Josh) Henson always says, we have our guys and our backups know what to do, so if someone goes down, we just fill in the spot.”

This would be Wilson’s third straight start but his first at center (the other two have come at right guard for the injured Larry Wilson). It is presumed that Teven Jenkins will start there.

  • common sense

    This is bad. Really, really bad.

    Not because of Wilson playing center (I think he has more upside than Brad), but because it will leave us weak at Right Tackle. Jenkin’s has shown to need a lot more developing, and our line looked very, very different when he was in play. Hopefully the bye week gave them time to gel up a bit, but with Crabtree being injured as well, the right side of the line is not what it used to be.

    • Tbeezy

      Crabtree played last game at RT?

      • Big Daddy

        Yes, his point was Crabtree played but is not 100%

        • Tbeezy

          Not from what I could tell. How does Lundblade being out leave us weak at RT?

          “Not because of Wilson playing center (I think he has more upside than Brad), but because it will leave us weak at Right Tackle.”

    • Pokeloin

      Jenkins will be at right guard, and Crabtree at right tackle

  • gowrisankar1989

    There is just too many injuries on the OffensiveLine. We have to use the air attack too often with these injuries. I’m hoping Vrabtree is back to his 100% or atleast 90%.

  • OSUgary

    imo … we will come out of this set back a stronger OL down the stretch …baylor game will afford Jenkins an opportunity to learn and build confidence …

  • Zach Mauch

    Why have we been so weak at OL for so many years. Even if we can pull it out and win the Big12/make the CFP, I don’t see how we can really compete against a blueblood defensive unless this like is 100%.

  • Tayvl

    I still haven’t figured out how a lineman breaks his leg in practice with the careful practices OSU has. Anyone heard how it happened?

  • DVoth

    This is not a great thing for a team trying to get better/more efficient in the red zone.