One minute into the exhibition opener against Ottawa, Oklahoma State’s center Michael Cobbins fell and appeared to injure his wrist. On second examination, it was the toe that Cobbins injured. Game play continued, but you could definitely tell something was wrong with Cobbins as he motioned to the bench for someone to come in for him. Cobbins was immediately ushered to the locker room where the Oklahoma State Cowboys did not see their starting center for the rest of the half.
When the team took the court after halftime, coach Travis Ford simply said, “Doesn’t look good. He won’t be back.” You could definitely sense from the tone of his voice that Ford was frustrated at the injury.
Understandably, Ford should be frustrated. A couple weeks ago, projected starter and defensive specialist Brian Williams went down with a wrist injury. The Cowboys have worked hard to become ranked No. 3 in the preseason Big 12 Conference coaches poll, but injuries seem to keep working against them when the season has not even started yet.
In the 2011-2012 season, Cobbins averaged 5 points and 5.7 rebounds in 26.9 minutes per game. Cobbins was a critical player on defense with 1 steal and 1.5 blocks per game. The Cowboys were hoping for Cobbins to be the answer for Williams recent injury on the defensive end.
At this point, Cowboy fans can only hope that Cobbins returns before the fall semester is completed. It would be hard to step back into the starting lineup once Big 12 play starts. In the meantime, the Cowboys have an entire week to rest Cobbins before the season opener.