August 27, 2013 9:56:09 AM
STARKVILLE -- According to multiple reports, Oklahoma State University may be without its projected starting left tackle for not only the opener against Mississippi State University but for the entire 2013 season.
Both ESPN.com and The Oklahoman reported via sources close to the program late Monday evening that Cowboys sophomore lineman Devin Davis has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and is likely out for the season.
Davis played in seven games as a redshirt freshman in 2012, including two starts. The Cowboys open the season at Reliant Stadium in Houston Saturday (2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2).
Oklahoma State, ranked No. 13 in the preseason Associated Press poll, lost all three interior lineman from the 2012 season to graduation and now may have to move senior Parker Graham back to left tackle after he started 11 games there last season. Graham, who was outspoken about the matchup against a Southeastern Conference opponent to open the 2013 season Saturday against Mississippi State, had worked extensively at guard during the spring and fall camp.
"You know, I just think that the SEC is blown a little bit out of proportion," Graham said last week. "There's a lot of great players down there and it's a heavily recruited area, but at the same time we play really fast offense here and sometimes those SEC defenses lose their breath against it. They have big guys but they aren't very well conditioned. We're gonna play our best ball and see what happens."
Redshirt freshman Michael Wilson is listed as Davis' backup at left tackle on OSU's most recent depth chart, which was released following spring practice.
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