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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys might have the best three quarterbacks in the Big 12

Clint Chelf, J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt have all led the Cowboys to at least one conference victory. All three might be good enough to enter 2013 as the best QB in league.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: January 13, 2013
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photo - OSU quarterbacks J.W. Walsh, left, and Wes Lunt talk as they leave the field after a college football game between Oklahoma State University and Savannah State University at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. OSU won, 84-0. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OSU quarterbacks J.W. Walsh, left, and Wes Lunt talk as they leave the field after a college football game between Oklahoma State University and Savannah State University at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. OSU won, 84-0. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Whoever Mike Gundy brings in at offensive coordinator is sure to be encouraged by OSU's quarterback situation. But the Cowboy defensive backs might be even more encouraged by the rest of the conference's quarterback situation.

OSU's pass defense was one of the nation's worst in 2012 and was particularly torched by Oklahoma in late November, giving up 512 yards through the air.

The 10-yard cushion the cornerbacks consistently gave receivers deserves plenty of blame for the poor play, and must change in 2013. But with more inexperience at quarterback across the Big 12, it's likely there will be more inaccurate throws and more mistakes.

Which means Justin Gilbert's chances of intercepting a pass in 2013 are already better.

Spring practice will again be a fascinating time to track the Cowboy quarterback battle. Last year, it pegged three guys with little-to-no college experience against each other. Now, it matches up three guys who all led their team to at least one conference victory.

Maybe Chelf, Walsh and Lunt won't all still be at OSU by the time September rolls around. Maybe they will be.

But right now, the best three quarterbacks in the Big 12 could all reside in Stillwater. And that might be the No. 1 reason why the Cowboys are the team to beat in the conference in 2013.


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