Last year, three different quarterbacks saw extensive in-game action for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Injuries derailed each starter throughout the year before Clint Chelf was able to secure the starting job down the stretch. Among the most talented quarterbacks in the OSU rotation is Wes Lunt. He’s also the best option to sit out this season in its entirety.
With Chelf proving to be capable of running the offense, and J.W. Walsh bringing an exciting change-of-pace dimension to the passing game as a threat to run, the quarterback situation in OSU has all the depth it needs. The two-headed system proved incredibly effective down the stretch and the offense finally had the explosion back — the same exciting offensive dimension that made them conference champions in 2011.
If Chelf is able to hold onto the starting job, Walsh serves a purpose as a multi-dimensional backup. Wes Lunt, though talented, could be the odd man out. Coaches have already said that Chelf enters the season at the top of the depth chart after his strong finish to last season, including a bowl win. If he holds onto the spot through the spring, a red shirt year makes the most sense for Wes Lunt.
Though Lunt, when healthy, won the starting job outright as a freshman, he may be more valuable to the team for three seasons starting next year when the team lacks such incredible depth at quarterback. It’s still possible that Lunt could emerge as the starting quarterback that gives OSU football the best chance to win games next year. However, for the long-term sake of the program, he should redshirt and take over after Chelf’s career is over.