Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is following boss Mike Gundy's lead by staying mum on the Cowboys' quarterback situation.
But it's gone beyond refusing to hint at who will start when OSU kicks off the season against Mississippi State in Houston on Aug. 31.
When asked if either Clint Chelf or J.W. Walsh made noticeable progress in a particular area during the spring, Yurcich didn't answer.
When asked if he likes letting the two quarterbacks continue to compete during fall camp, he barely answered.
“I don't really concern myself with that,” Yurcich said. “I'm just really happy that we have two good quarterbacks.”
VAN MALONE ON NEW SAFETIES COACH TIM DUFFIE: ‘HE'S LIKE GENTLE GIANT'
Cowboy cornerbacks coach Van Malone admits he and former cornerbacks coach Jason Jones had become “best friends” during their season working together in Stillwater.
But a similar bond is already developing with new safeties coach Tim Duffie, because of the way Duffie's personality and coaching style mesh with the rest of the Cowboy staff and players.
“As soon as I met him, I knew he was the guy,” Malone said. “In the staff room, he expresses his opinions, but he's not going to flip the tables over if it doesn't go his way. With the players, he's fair and his personality is like he's a gentle giant.
“But when they mess up, he's holding them accountable. You can see the spikes, you can see the horns come out when they need to.”
JIMMY BEAN MAKES EARLY IMPRESSION ON DL COACH
Sophomore defensive end Jimmy Bean was a standout during OSU's spring finale, tallying two sacks and a fumble recovery in his first gamelike action since a knee injury led to a redshirt season in 2012.
That performance wasn't a surprise to new defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements.
“I've been impressed with Jimmy Bean since the first workout I watched,” Clements said. “He's one of the first guys that caught my attention. Just watching him warm up I go, ‘Which one's that?'
“Just his frame, the way he looked, the way he moved around. He just kind of had an athletic aura about him.”
Bean, a lanky speedster off the edge, will be in the mix for significant playing time in 2013. He was listed as a co-starter with sophomore Trace Clark at the spot opposite senior Tyler Johnson on the post-spring depth chart.
“He's still a young player,” Clements said. “There's going to be a learning curve as far as game-time experience and situational things and that type of stuff. If he continues to learn and continues to grow and continues to work at the pace he's been working at, I expect great things from him.”