It’s a marvel that the Oklahoma State Sooners managed to stay above .500 (5-4) in Big 12 play despite injuries hammering their quarterback position for all of 2012. After two years of Brandon Weeden‘s prolific passing and steadying presence by center, last year saw an injury-plagued trio take snaps.
Junior Clint Chelf, along with freshmen J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt, each attempted more than 100 passes last season and all return for Cowboys spring practice, which means Coach Mike Gundy has some tough decisions to make at the quarterback position. However, starter seems to be a spot where he’s already resolute.
“Clint Chelf is our starter, he takes all the reps with the ones right now. The other guys compete out there, but I don’t necessarily feel like there’s a battle out there to start in the first game,” Gundy said on Wednesday. “I think with the way that he performed and the way J.W. Walsh performed in certain situations, it’s their job to lose with whatever situation it is on the field.
“Wes Lunt continues to get better, and Daxx Garman gets reps for us. We’re in an unusual situation and I’m not sure we have all the answers or the right way to handle it but we do get a lot of reps in practice and they’re getting quality work.”
Chelf started Oklahoma State’s final six games in 2012, during which the Cowboys went 3-3 including an overtime loss to archrival Oklahoma. Walsh recorded three more 300-plus yard passing games than Chelf, but the bulk of his action came against the weaker part of the schedule. He figures to remain a key element in the red zone offense after running for seven touchdowns last season. Lunt ripped Arizona for 436 yards but has also shown growing pains, and could very well get the redshirt.