If Baylor goes on to finish off an undefeated regular season and remain in the BCS championship race, it will have to overcome a rash of offensive injuries that has now reportedly claimed its starting left tackle.
Sophomore Spencer Drango will undergo surgery for a ruptured disk in his back, associate athletic director Heath Nielsen confirmed to ESPN radio Tuesday (and late indirectly verified on his own Twitter feed). There is no timetable for Drango's return.
Drango joins starting receiver Tevin Reese, out for the regular season, in missing Saturday's crucial top-10 showdown at Oklahoma State. Top tailbacks Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin also missed last week's win over Texas Tech.
A freshman All-American in 2012 after redshirting in 2011, Drango had started every game in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons, a streak of 22 starts that had put him in the All-Big 12 mix. The Bear offensive line has paved the way to nearly 300 yards rushing per-game, 10th in the FBS.
Art Briles could either replace Drango with backup Pat Colbert, or shift current right tackle Kelvin Palmer to the left side. Colbert has never started a game for Baylor.
Drango tweeted the following Monday night:
Thank you to everyone for all of the prayers and kind words! God has a plan for me and this is just a little part of His plan for me!— Spencer Drango (@Drango58) November 19, 2013