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Oklahoma State Cowboys’ Quarterback Competition Begins

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

We knew that when spring practice began in Stillwater, the quarterback competition would soon follow. Already a hot topic with practices just underway, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have a trio of possible signal callers heading into the 2013 season.

It was Clint Chelf who finished the season for Oklahoma State, but he surely didn’t start it. Buried three-deep on the depth chart, Chelf probably had little hope of seeing the field in his junior season, let alone starting the team’s bowl game.

But start the bowl game he did.

And that’s not all he did; Chelf led the Cowboys to a 58-14 drubbing of the Purdue Boilermakers in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

You may think that Chelf’s impressive win over Purdue locked up the starting job for him, but you’d be wrong. Sophomores Wes Lunt and J.W. Walsh will be involved in a three-way battle with Chelf for the Cowboys’ starting spot.

Chelf and Walsh were the more productive of the three, and Chelf was the only one who could stay healthy among them. Lunt got hurt early on, after which Walsh stepped in until he suffered an injury of his own. Lunt came back into the lineup but got hurt again, so Chelf took over and finished the season in admirable fashion.

With all three now healthy and vying for one quarterback spot, all bets are off. The Cowboys have been mum on the situation thus far, but things will only get noisier as spring practice gets going.

I like Chelf to win this battle both because of the durability he showed last season and because of his experience with head coach Mike Gundy’s system. Look for Chelf to step up into that position of senior leader and win the starting job this spring.

Lunt and Walsh will have their chance in the future, but I like Clint Chelf this season.

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