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 gopokes.com, 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 gopokes.com. ” 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 Williams). It is presumed that Teven Jenkins will start there.