The Oklahoma State Cowboys found themselves with a heated quarterback battle during spring practice between three quality options. Senior Clint Chelf and sophomores J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt were evenly matched all spring after all starting games in 2012. Head coach Mike Gundy wasn’t able to choose between the three once the spring session ended, leaving many to assume the three would battle it out again during fall camp.
With the announcement that Lunt will be leaving Oklahoma State, however, the quarterback race got a little less crowded. Lunt decided that he would prefer playing elsewhere where he would be able to become the No. 1 quarterback with his three remaining years of eligibility somewhere rather than likely being forced to split reps with the other talented options in Stillwater. His departure should clear the way for Walsh to win the starting quarterback job in 2013.
Chelf and Walsh enjoyed pretty similar success as the starting quarterback of the Cowboys’ offense last season. The older quarterback was good, completing 60 percent of his passes for 1,588 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. The younger signal caller, however, was even better as he completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,564 yards with 13 touchdowns and only three interceptions.
Walsh proved that he has the skill set to be a difference maker in the Big 12. He has a higher ceiling than Chelf and is only scratching the surface of his potential in the high-powered Cowboys offense. With Oklahoma State poised to make a run at a Big 12 title next season, Gundy has to go with the quarterback that can take his offense the highest, and that is Walsh, without a doubt.
Oklahoma State has to move on with their quarterback derby without the option of Lunt. That should clear the way for Walsh to walk away with the No. 1 quarterback job when the season kicks off next fall.