The will he/won’t he mini-drama surrounding Daxx Garman has final found an answer.
As Oklahoma State kicks off spring practice Monday, head coach Mike Gundy confirmed that Garman has decided to transfer out of the football program and continue his playing career elsewhere. Gundy stated he appreciated the quarterback’s contributions to the Cowboys, and doesn’t know to where he will transfer.
The move comes nearly two weeks after reports first surfaced that Garman was considering a transfer. Late last week, Gundy went public with an ultimatum that a decision, one way or the other, had to be made by the start of spring practice.
Garman replaced J.W. Walsh, who sustained a season-ending leg injury in Week 2, and started the next eight games at quarterback last season before going down with a concussion in a Nov. 15 loss to Texas. Freshman Mason Rudolph replaced Walsh against Baylor and, in three starts, led the Cowboys to at least 28 points in going 2-1, including a 30-21 win over Washington in the Cactus Bowl that saw him pass for 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Because of that three-game stretch — and because a Garman-led offense failed to score more than 27 points in five of eight starts — Rudolph is widely viewed as the overwhelming favorite to win the starting job heading into spring practice. In fact, Gundy stated Monday that Rudolph will enter the spring as the unquestioned starter, with Walsh as his backup, meaning it’s essentially the 6-4, 217-pound true sophomore’s job to lose.
Coming out of high school in Southlake, Tex., as a three-star prospect, Garman originally signed with Arizona in 2011. He announced in December of that year that he would be transferring from the Wildcats to the Cowboys.