Earlier this past week, Mike Gundy said he would like to have a starting quarterback named headed into the summer.
Apparently, nothing the Oklahoma State head coach witnessed during the spring game Saturday dissuaded him from the timeline.
The statistical particulars for the three contenders to replace Brandon Weeden under center — junior Clint Chelf (pictured), redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh and true freshman Wes Lunt — were fairly similar and didn’t allow for much separation based solely on the numbers. According to the Daily Oklahoman, Chelf went 18-for-31 for 212 yards; Walsh 16-for-27 for 310 yards; and Lunt 15-of-23 for 215 yards.
Each player threw two touchdown passes, while none of the trio tossed an interception during the annual Orange & Gray Game.
How the performance in the spring game will factor into the coaching staff’s decision remains to be seen as Gundy did not tip his QB hand after the game. One certainty in the situation, however, is it appears a decision may be made as early as this coming Wednesday.
“I’m meeting with the offensive staff on Wednesday,” Gundy said in quotes distributed by the school. “It should be shortly after that when we feel like we’ll have our quarterback. …
“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.”
Offensive coordinator Todd Monken also wasn’t of the mindset to tip his hand to the media, allowing only one of the oldest clichés in the coaching business: he’ll have to go to the tape to help the decision-making process.
“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.”
While a sizable chunk of the focus was on the quarterbacking threesome, it was a player on the receiving end of those players’ passes who was the statistical star of the day. Wide receiver Charlie Moore caught nine passes on the day for a whopping 243 yards and three touchdowns.
Gundy was glowing in his praise of Moore, a former high school QB-turned-OSU receiver who has been hampered by nagging injuries the past couple, even as the numbers the player put up happened in what’s essentially a glorified scrimmage.
“You bet it does,” the coach said when asked if Moore’s performance meant anything. “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. I wish we could find a way to let them all go full speed and do that, but we can’t the risk-reward in this situation.”
Oh, and for those curious, the Gray team beat the Orange squad 31-21.
(Photo credit: Oklahoma State athletics)