Oklahoma State football: Cowboys have two starting QBs

Mike Gundy says both Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh will see time in the season opener against Mississippi State.
by Gina Mizell Published: August 22, 2013

But they're also different styles of players, which can add another dimension to OSU's already powerful offense and give opposing defensive coordinators another element to think about while game-planning.

Chelf has better-than-average mobility but is primarily a thrower. Walsh is sometimes a limited thrower but has displayed excellent athleticism and toughness while running the football.

Though Chelf went out with the first unit during team drills in spring practice, he ultimately got the same amount of reps as Walsh and former Cowboy Wes Lunt, Gundy said. A similar routine has apparently taken place during fall camp, with both Chelf and Walsh each getting even more work with Lunt transferring to Illinois.

How equal will the actual game reps be? And how long will this approach go on? We'll see. Gundy said he would obviously play one quarterback over the other if there was a clear difference in performance on the field.

But for now, the Cowboys don't have one starting quarterback. They have two.

“There's no perfect (answer),” Gundy said. “It's an issue. I think everybody would say you'd rather have an NFL quarterback and play one. That makes it a lot easier for everybody.

“If you don't, if there's two guys that both deserve to play, you gotta play them. That's really the only way to handle it.”

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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