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Oklahoma State football: It's looking more and more likely that all three quarterbacks will stick around

With Mike Gundy squashing talk of a QB derby, it seemed likely that J.W. Walsh or Wes Lunt would inevitably transfer. It would be a pretty remarkable feat for OSU to keep all three QBs, but it might happen.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: April 7, 2013

/articleid/3780926/1/pictures/2005426">Photo - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State quarterbacks Wes Lunt, left, Clint Chelf, and J.W. Walsh, at right,  take part in an OSU spring football practice in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State quarterbacks Wes Lunt, left, Clint Chelf, and J.W. Walsh, at right, take part in an OSU spring football practice in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

So that leaves Walsh, who from the outside looks like the odd quarterback out, except for the special run-throw package in short-yardage and goal-line situations he directed with highly successful results down the stretch last season.

Yet Walsh's best friend, Josh Stewart, is in Stillwater. And the quarterback said last season taught him how unpredictable a 13-game schedule can be.

“Looking back now, the way it all unfolded, you never know what's going to happen,” Walsh said. “You can't ever let anything get your head down, because you're always one play away.”

It's kind of refreshing in this right-now sports culture — especially at quarterback, where only one guy can start — that both Walsh and Lunt will likely opt to stay at OSU, despite already proving they can win in the Big 12.

But the three quarterbacks all talk about being genuine friends. And Gundy describes them as “good kids” who understand the quarterback surplus has put everybody in an odd situation. One Gundy admits he doesn't entirely know how to handle.

“They don't come in and sit in my office and demand playing time and this and that,” Gundy said, “because we really don't have those answers right now.”

Of course, things could change after spring practice ends. These are college kids, after all. Emotions can be fickle. Competitiveness and a desire for more guaranteed snaps could take over. They could just be saying all the right things this spring.

But Lunt and Walsh have known Chelf was the QB1. Neither left before spring ball began.

Which makes it more likely the same three quarterbacks the Cowboys started in 2012 will be around again this September. Just in case.

“We want (the team) to be successful so bad,” Walsh said. “If it's not us, we're going to do whatever we can off the field, on the sideline, in the film room with the starter to help out.”


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