Thursday, April 25, 2013
Who should be OSU's starting QB?
By David Ubben
This is the spring of quarterback competition in the Big 12, but no school in the Big 12 has the quality of competition like Oklahoma State.
All three of its competitors threw for 1,000 yards and won a Big 12 game last season, while most competitions elsewhere around the league are between guys who've never played a meaningful down of college football yet.
Saturday, Oklahoma State's competition also became the quietest in the Big 12 -- or so coach Mike Gundy says for now. If Clint Chelf ceases to be the likely starter, he's not going to alert the media. If Wes Lunt surges ahead and stops turning the ball over, there's no update coming. If J.W. Walsh proves he's worthy of more than a short-yardage package in which he's likely to run, we likely won't know.
Neither will Mississippi State, after Gundy turned in a post-spring depth chart on Monday with all three quarterbacks listed atop the depth chart and just an "or" separating their names.
"There's really no reason to talk about what our quarterback situation is. We've been very open about it through the spring, but I don't know if there's anything else we can say other than we're fortunate to have three that are really good," Gundy told reporters after the spring game.
Part of the reason for the silence is a big-time season opener in Houston against SEC member Mississippi State, but considering how much any Big 12 fan has seen of the trio of quarterbacks, this quarterback derby is even more intriguing.
We'll see how the fans would vote today. Who should be Oklahoma State's starter? Are you casting your vote for the elder statesman of the group in Chelf? He doesn't have a ton of upside, but he mostly takes care of the ball and he can use his feet to make plays, too. Just ask Oklahoma.
Walsh's feet might be his best asset, and he proved his worth when he stepped in and played well after Lunt's injury and nearly beat Texas before beating up on Iowa State and earning a win over Kansas before a leg injury cost him the starting spot and half of his season. He's got an unorthodox release, but he gets the ball where it needs to go more often than not.
Lunt, meanwhile, turned heads when he won the job as a true freshman with a press release this time last week, but looked underwhelming and prone to injuries (he suffered a leg and head injury) and turnovers last fall. He's got the most potential of the trio, but clearly has to grow.
So who should start for OSU in 2013? That's up to you.