Oklahoma State Plays Musical Chairs at Offensive Line, Plenty of Time to Tune Up

Curtis Finchum@CRose24Correspondent ISeptember 25, 2009

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 05:  Anthony Morgan #65 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys runs out onto the field during the college football game at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The Cowboys defeated the Bulldogs 24-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Entering the 2009 season, fans expected to see the same flashy, high octane offense that the Cowboys have produced over the past few years. Three games into the season, the Cowboys are 2-1 and struggling to find any offensive rhythm.

After the Cowboys beat the Georgia Bulldogs at their own game, they were ambushed by the explosive offense of the Houston Cougars.

Now after a solid performance against Rice and Grambling State slowly approaching, head coach Mike Gundy has a big decision to make. 

Who to start at right guard? Three games, three different starters, and still no clue who is the answer. 

All three guards are freshman and each have one start under their belts.

Andrew Mitchell (started against Georgia), Anthony Morgan (started against Houston), and Lane Taylor (started against Rice) all have shown some promise but the lack of continuity between the rest of the line contribute highly to the Cowboys offense. 

Others believe it is senior Zac Robinson's lack of a preseason, due to injury, that has caused the unusual lack of offense. Though Robinson's absence didn't help, he has slowly been returning to form and making plays, what Oklahoma State has lacked is a ground game. 

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The Cowboy offense is deep at running back, so even after junior Kendall Hunter went down with a leg injury, seniors Keith Toston and Beau Johnson have filled the hole nicely. 

However, the university that has been known for many years as "Running-back U" is struggling to do what they have down well for many years. Run. 

Hunter, Toston, and Johnson all averaged over six yards per carry in 2008 and ended the season with 3,191 rushing yards. This season however, after 128 carries, they only have 460 yards while averaging only four yards a carry. 

A rather large drop off after such a successful running game last season. They also have yet to have a one hundred yard rusher this season. 

Whether Mitchell, Morgan, or Taylor are the answer to all the orange-glad faithfuls prayers is yet to be seen. The Cowboys continue to work harder than ever, knowing that their goal of winning the Big XII Title is still in their grasp. 

Grambling State is next and then a week off the the Robinson and his crew to get healthy and prepare for their Big XII opener at Texas A&M. 

Nine games left, saddle up Cowboy fans, it's about to get interesting. 


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