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

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

STILLWATER — As colleague Berry Tramel wrote in Monday's Oklahoman, the mass exit of seasoned quarterbacks from the pass-happy Big 12 is great news for the conference's defenses.

But the school that could benefit the most from the league's overall quarterback landscape for 2013?

Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys return production — and options — at quarterback, as Clint Chelf, J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt all won a conference game and combined to throw for more than 4,000 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2012. On the other side of the ball, a much-maligned OSU secondary never has to see Landry Jones, Nick Florence, Collin Klein, Geno Smith or Seth Doege again.

 

Those are two big reasons why, despite a ton of turnover on the coaching staff and Joseph Randle bolting for the NFL, the Cowboys are still an early favorite to win the Big 12 in 2013.

Seriously, if ballots were cast right now, who would be the quarterback on the preseason All-Big 12 team?

Texas' David Ash is, suddenly, the veteran of the group, but his inconsistent play in Austin is well-documented. TCU's Casey Pachall has an argument, but he only played in one Big 12 game this past season (against Kansas) and has been away from football for months. Maybe Oklahoma's Blake Bell shows by season's end that he can throw as well as Belldoze over defenders, but he's never been a collegiate starter.

So Chelf might be the guy for that distinction. And while the starting job for 2013 is now probably his to lose, Lunt and Walsh will continue to push for that spot.

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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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