Monday, April 23, 2012
Big 12 spring game recap: Oklahoma State
By David Ubben
Miss the Pokes' spring game on Saturday? We've got you covered.
What we learned:
- The Cowboys' on-field quarterback derby came to an end: J.W. Walsh completed 16 of 27 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Clint Chelf completed 18 of 31 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. True freshman Wes Lunt completed 15 of 23 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. The Cowboys didn't announce a starter after the game. More on that later.
- Junior receiver Charlie Moore broke out with nine catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns, highlighting the offense's day.
- Defensive end Tyler Johnson made five tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble. Linebacker Caleb Lavey had five tackles and two tackles for loss.
- Gray won, 31-21, whatever that means. The 24-0 score at halftime was flipped in favor of the Gray.
They said it:
- Oklahoma State's going to be just fine at quarterback. Oklahoma State's not sure who's going to grab the reins just yet. Coach Mike Gundy says the coaches will meet on Wednesday, and after that? "It should be shortly after that when we feel like we’ll have our quarterback," he said. Let's just say I have my doubts about an official announcement coming, but how can you not feel great about what you've got at quarterback after Saturday, and really, all spring? OSU's not going to have an All-Big 12 first-teamer behind center, but it'll certainly have a guy in the top half of the conference -- maybe even better. There is a lot of uncertainty, but in this offense all three can produce and have room for growth -- more so wit hWalsh and Lunt. My pick for the OSU quarteback race remains Walsh.
- We may have our breakout receiver in Stillwater. Everybody knew to watch Tracy Moore. The more-informed folks knew to keep an eye on sophomore Josh Stewart, arguably the best receiver in the spring for the Cowboys, and plenty more knew to watch juco transfer Blake Jackson. But Charlie Moore? A junior with seven catches, 114 yards and one touchdown in two seasons? I'd heard buzz that he'd excelled this spring, but no way anybody expected what he did on Saturday. He'll get plenty of hype in fall camp, and I'd caution the hype machine that Saturday was only a spring game. Doing that against teammates on a Saturday in spring is different from doing it every Saturday against Big 12 defenses. We'll see, but if a guy shows that kind of potential, it's hard to see him not being a major contributor.
"I have an opinion on what I think is best. I mentioned to the offensive staff before prior to us starting that I didn't want to sway them one way or the other. I want to know what they have to say and then make a comparison. We'd like to name a quarterback this upcoming this week. That way we can move forward and know who our leader is this summer. I think that's best for our team."
-- Gundy, on his quarterback race
"There is an eyeball test. You look at something and you have to be careful of rushing to judgment without watching the tape. There are a lot of beautiful girls out there with terrible personalities. We'll have to see once we see the tape.”
Offensive coordinator Todd Monken, on the quarterback race. Monken also added that Walsh's day Saturday was his best of the spring after struggling in the middle of the 15 practices.
"You bet it does. Even though it's an orange and gray game and your teams are split and I'm blowing a whistle and it's not a real game, there's still competition out there. Players compete and the guys that really want to make plays, they don't care what the situation is -- they go out and play the game. It means a lot to me, the players that make plays out here today because this is as close as we can get to a game setting."
-- Gundy, on if Moore's performance means anything.