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2012 Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State Linemen Christian Littlehead, Jonathan Rush Charged With Drug Possession

The Oklahoma St. Cowboys don't really want to lose their BCS bowl apperance against the Stanford Cardinal in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl. But they now have a distraction on their hands they must deal with. Gina Mizell of the Oklahoman reports.

Oklahoma State defensive lineman Christian Littlehead and offensive linemen Jonathan Rush were each charged Monday with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges, both misdemeanors, stem from an incident last Thursday, when OSU police found two homemade smoking devices containing burnt residue in Rush's and Littlehead's residence at Sitlington Hall, according to the initial filing at the Payne County Courthouse.

The crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to one year or a fine up to $1,000, or both.

Rush is out for the season, so his trouble isn't quite critical to the overall bowl picture. Littlehead's is. He's been a part-time starter on the defensive line, and his health is of paramount importance in this contest.

Stanford has one of the most bruising offensive lines in all of college football, and OSU will need all hands on deck on January 2nd to try and contain the Cardinal power up front. With Littlehead now in danger of being suspended for the bowl game, the Cowboys will have to really batten down the hatches to try and maintain control on their side of the ball. OSU has an ok but hardly outstanding defense, and Andrew Luck will be happy to take advantage of his opportunities.

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