It’s that time of the season in college football where the injury list continues to grow. The Oklahoma Sooners and the Iowa State Cyclones are facing off Saturday afternoon in a Big XII match-up and they both could be without key players.
In his weekly press conference, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced that both left tackle Lane Johnson and running back Damien Williams missed practice on Monday.
Stoops says he is hopeful they will both be back to practice on Wednesday, but for now, its day-to-day progress. Williams is the Sooners leading rusher, with 7 touchdowns, 581 yards on 87 carries. Ironically, just last week, former Sooner coach Barry Switzer commented that Williams is the next best thing the Sooners have seen at running back since Adrian Peterson.
Johnson could potentially be a big loss if he doesn’t get back to practice this week. He has started every game this season at left tackle. Both Williams and Johnson were hurt during the Notre Dame game last Saturday. Williams was hurt earlier on during the game, but Stoops said he played through the pain.
The Cyclones are looking at a much bigger loss in linebacker Jake Knott. The senior was a first-team All-Big XII in 2011 and was the Big XII defensive player of the week last week. He apparently injured his shoulder on Oct. 20 against Oklahoma State, but he returned and had 11 tackles and forced a fumble in their win this weekend.
Like Williams of Oklahoma he played through the pain. They are waiting to see if he could possibly make it back for a bowl game, but he is definitely out of this week’s game. So far, he has been the heart and soul of the Cyclones defense and his leadership on the field makes an impact.
Let’s hope there are no more major injuries. Seeing Marcus Lattimore‘s injury on Saturday, along with the others was enough to last me till the end of the season.