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Thursday, August 13, 2009
Battle over backup QB continues at OSU

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said that Zac Robinson's lingering leg injury could end up helping his team in the long run.

Alex Cate and Brandon Weeden have been involved in a lengthy battle for the backup QB spot.

By giving both backups extended playing time in Saturday's scrimmage, Gundy believes that one player could emerge as Robinson's primary backup with a strong, decisive performance.

Gundy said Robinson could play immediately if he needed, but prefers to let the competition continue between the two backups through the weekend.

"This is for the other guys," Gundy said. "It's good for our staff to learn how to adjust and make changes with these quarterbacks. It's good for them that they have to do it and that won't be there to save the day."

Weeden, who played five seasons of minor-league baseball, will turn 26 in October. His college football experience has been limited to only one game with the Cowboys, completing 1-of-3 passes for 8 yards last year.

Cate played in four games last season and one in 2007, attempting a combined five passes and completing four of them for 56 yards.

"Somebody has to take the job," Gundy said. "Right now they are both competing every day."

The lack of one backup quarterback jumping past the other has been frustrating for Gundy as he tries to settle on his No. 2 selection behind Robinson.

"It does irritate me somewhat. People look at it as a plus, but I look at it that we've been doing it for two years," Gundy said. "At times, it does upset me. But that's not something I can change. They have to do that."