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Oklahoma State football: Breaking down the Cowboys' fall to-do list

Here are five important things the Cowboys must do once camp opens on Aug. 1.
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer Published: July 20, 2014

Mike Gundy, Kevin Peterson, Ryan Simmons and Jhajuan Seales will likely walk into Big 12 Media Days in Dallas on Monday and hear a laundry list of questions they’ve been answering since January.

Sure, there should be new ones thrown Gundy’s way, likely pertaining to OSU’s poor Academic Progress Rate and asking for clarification on freshman running back Devon Thomas’ status.

But then come the familiar ones: How do you replace last year’s huge senior class? Can the defense come along? Who will start at linebacker? How good is Tyreek Hill?

Gundy and his players will talk, and chances are they’ll say the right things. But come fall camp Aug. 1, the Cowboys can finally do less talking and more doing.

Here are some of the most important items on OSU’s to-do list:

Make a firm decision at quarterback

Gundy has made it clear that J.W. Walsh has the edge at quarterback over Daxx Garman and freshman Mason Rudolph, but all involved would benefit from getting it set in stone.

Last season, Clint Chelf started the opener against Mississippi State and got pulled in favor of Walsh after only six pass attempts. Chelf, of course, eventually got the job back and led OSU through the heat of its schedule.

Even if Gundy doesn’t make it public, giving Walsh the nod could prevent Walsh from looking over his shoulder after every incomplete pass, and it might also be better to provide clarity for Garman and Rudolph.

Get new guys up to speed

It could seem obvious, but this year more than ever the Cowboys will need freshmen to adjust quickly. At linebacker, players such as Gyasi Akem and Josh Mabin could play immediately. So could a host of players in the secondary such as Kirk Tucker.

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