There’s a bit of unfortunate news coming out of Stillwater today. If sources are correct, Oklahoma State could down their top two running backs on Saturday against Kansas State.
Earlier this morning it was floated out on Twitter that Oklahoma State might be without their backup running back on Saturday.
*BREAKING* I'm being told Rennie Childs has suffered a concussion in practice and will not play Saturday. Carson will be limited.
— The Orange Factor (@OrangeFactor) October 1, 2015
The news is a little bit surprising considering Gundy said this summer that they don’t go through a lot of contact during the week when he was asked for his thoughts about the Big 12’s new rule to further limit contact days. However, our own source close to the program has since confirmed that Rennie Childs has suffered a concussion, along with the news that starting running back Chris Carson is nursing a sprain, and it’s unlikely he’ll be able to go on Saturday as well.
The potential loss of both running backs would be a significant blow to an offense already struggling to move the ball forward on the ground. Carson was a high-profile JUCO transfer, but hasn’t been able to produce consistently thus far. Childs has been able to provide a spark at times, leading many to wonder if he shouldn’t be starting, but even with him in the run game his far from ideal. Against the Longhorns last Saturday the Pokes averaged just 2.2 yards per carry, and rank 83rd in rush offense overall.
In their place, we’re told that freshman running back Jeff Carr will get the majority, if not all, of the carries. Carr has seen limited playing time in three of the four games this season with most of his production coming against Central Arkansas in week two. He has six carries for 41 yards with a long of 23 yards. The Cowboys will need a lot more of that to keep their attack somewhat balanced against the Wildcats.