STILLWATER — Mike Gundy essentially squashed all Oklahoma State quarterback derby talk again last week, reiterating to reporters that Clint Chelf has been taking reps with the first team and saying he didn't “necessarily feel like there's a battle out there to start in the first game.”
Which means J.W. Walsh or Wes Lunt, who both threw for more than 1,000 yards and won a Big 12 game as the starter during OSU's 2012 quarterback carousel, will inevitably transfer this summer because of the logjam at the position.
The more and more Walsh and Lunt speak publicly, the more it looks like all three quarterbacks could still be on the roster come fall.
“All three of us kind of have the same thinking — we all love it here,” Walsh said. “All of us want to be the quarterback, but it's a situation where we don't want to leave. We all believe we can be the guy. Obviously, all three of us were successful.
“I think it's a unique situation with three quarterbacks who can be (the starter). We're just treating it like last spring. It's a competition, but (we're) making sure the offense and the team is first and helping each other out as best we can, just in case something crazy happens again.”
It would be a pretty remarkable feat for OSU to keep all three quarterbacks, considering some programs — Iowa State last season, for example — have had trouble finding one capable signal-caller.
But because of how last season ended, with Chelf's fairy tale ascension from third stringer to successful starter, a short- and long-term plan has naturally unfolded that certainly sets up nicely for him and Lunt.
Chelf, who has graduated and could theoretically transfer and play immediately, has no reason to leave Stillwater now after being anointed the starter for his final season.
Lunt has been asked this spring about redshirting and immediately said he would be willing to do that. Gundy said he and Lunt have not discussed that specific option, but Lunt has clearly thought about it and accepted that possibility.
"Another year to grow and learn the offense and get accustomed to college football can't hurt," Lunt said
If Lunt transferred, he'd have to sit out and redshirt the 2013 season, anyway. And with new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich stressing that he does not plan to tweak much of OSU's Air Raid spread attack, Lunt still looks like the Cowboys' quarterback of the future.