Anthony Parks May Play Saturday

Oklahoma State wide receiver Anthony Parks, who learned just two weeks ago that he has just one kidney and was forced to quit playing football, could possibly play in the Cowboys' season opener against Missouri State on Saturday, Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy said Monday night after practice. Parks practiced for about 45 minutes Monday.

"He is pursuing trying to play football," Gundy said. "He was at practice today, and pursuing different ways to play football with one kidney."

Does Gundy see Parks playing Saturday? "I'm sure there's some paperwork and some legality issues that have to go through. That goes above me."

Would Gundy play Parks if he got the proper approval? "I'm sure we'd put him in a little bit. I'm sure he's rusty," Gundy said.

"I want him to do what he wants to do. It's his future. It's his career. I'm in a position to get guys ready to play games, and play college football. That's what I do. And he wants to play. I'm on his side. I'm for him. I support him if it's something he wants to do."

How likely does Gundy believe it is that Parks will actually see the field on Saturday? "I really don't have any idea," he said. "I support whatever he wants to do. My gut feeling is that he loves to play and wants to play, and probably feels the same way that I would have felt about it myself (when I was in college), and that's I want to play. So, I support him in that he made the decision to come back and try to play."

OSU receivers coach Gunter Brewer said, "He's excited about it. Now we just need to get him back into shape. We're excited."

The 6-0, 190-pound transfer from Butler (Kan.) Community College learned two weeks ago that he had been born -- and playing football his entire life -- with just one kidney. Parks was asked to take an MRI when the OSU medical staff found evidence through examining him for a quad injury that he may have only one kidney. The MRI revealed what Parks nor his parents never knew – that he was born with just one kidney.

Parks and his parents reportedly sought a second opinion, and found out he would be willing to continue playing football. Oklahoma State University probably will ask Parks to sign a release waiving the school of any liability should he decide to play.

Parks signed with OSU last spring after earning first-team All-Jayhawk Conference recognition in 2005 as both a wide receiver and returner for Butler. He had 28 receptions for 820 yads and eight touchdowns last season, and averaged 14.8 yards per punt return. He also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-American honors as a sophomore at Butler.

Parks, a junior, earned a starting role in the spring at wide receiver, and caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bobby Reid during the spring game.

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