I just got off the telephone from visiting with Robert Allen, who is sitting in Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix awaiting his connecting flight to Oklahoma City. Here are a few items of interest for Cowboy fans following Tuesday night's bowl game.
1) Robert Matthews, director of recruiting, informed former Cowboy defensive coordinator Tim Beckman early Wednesday night that he would not be joining Beckman's staff at Toledo. Matthews, in his third year at Oklahoma State, had been offered the running backs coaching position by Beckman, who was named the head coach at Toledo early in December.
2) Reports that Cowboy running back Kendall Hunter had knee surgery in December are correct. The sophomore running back from Tyler, Texas, who rushed for 1,555 yards this season (the sixth highest total in school history), had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Monday, Dec. 1, two days after the Cowboys' regular season finale against Oklahoma. He missed about two weeks of practice after the surgery, and looked sluggish at times during the Holiday Bowl as he was held to a season-low 37 yards. Hunter originally injured the knee against Colorado on Nov. 15, but played in OSU's final regular season game against Oklahoma on Nov. 29.
3) Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson played the second half of Tuesday night's bowl game with a separated shoulder and a slight concussion. The junior from Littleton, Colo., took several hard hits during the game, suffering the shoulder injury midway through the second quarter, head coach Mike Gundy said. X-rays at halftime of the game revealed that Robinson had a 1/2-inch tear of the ligament, and further X-rays after the game showed a 1-inch tear. Robinson is not expected to need surgery, and the shoulder should heal with rest.
4) A rumor that has been circulating today (Dec. 31) concerns running back David Oku of Midwest City (Carl Albert), Okla., switching his commitment from Tennessee to Oklahoma State. Robert did some checking and found it just to be that ... a rumor. The Cowboys are happy with the commitment of Jeremy Smith of Tulsa (Union), Okla., and Oku does not fit into their plans.
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