STILLWATER — This is not good for Cowboys fans. If this is any foreshadowing for the season, then we are in trouble.
That was the call Jase Chilcoat made as he watched Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt go down with a left knee injury from a broadcast booth at Boone Pickens Stadium. It was a good real-world experience for Chilcoat, an aspiring broadcaster who was practicing his radio play-by-play as part of a sports announcing class that Voice of the Cowboys Dave Hunziker teaches at OSU.
But Chilcoat didn't realize then that another unexpected result of the play he had just called would be him getting yanked from the broadcast booth and being put back on the field.
“It never crossed my mind that, ‘Hey, I am back. This is my time,'” Chilcoat said.
Chilcoat, a former walk-on quarterback at OSU who had stepped away from football following the 2011 season to focus on school, has been brought back as an emergency third-team quarterback while Lunt is hurt. He's been given a scholarship for the rest of the semester, and essentially is the equivalent of rental player added at the trade deadline in the NBA or Major League Baseball.
“He is like a 38-year-old veteran quarterback that we have pulled in,” offensive coordinator Todd Monken said.
Chilcoat grew up in Midwest City, loving the Sooners, not the Cowboys, and idolizing Bob Barry, Sr. He would play football on his Xbox and try to describe the action just like Barry would. And he became a star quarterback for the Bombers while helping lead Midwest City to the Class 6A state semifinals as a senior in 2008.
During high school, he attended an OSU quarterback camp, and made the decision to walk on after he felt a bond with Gundy — he could always talk about the Bombers with the former Midwest City QB — and four assistants on staff who shared his Christian faith.
For three years, Chilcoat was a scout team quarterback, mimicking the opposing signal-caller each week. He still got to experience much of OSU's magical 2011 season, though, as his Facebook profile features a giant photo of him and the rest of the Cowboys celebrating in the locker room following their Fiesta Bowl victory.
But Chilcoat thought that would be the final moment of his football life.
He instead decided to become a normal student, focusing on his studies and preparing to pursue a career as a sports broadcaster. He finally had time to join the sports media club, and became an officer for the OSU chapter of the Association for Women in Sports Media. He got a part-time job at the LASSO Center, which provides academic support to students. He still played some football — intramural football, that is — and had his buddies teach him the chants and cheers when he sat in the student section for the first time for OSU's season opener against Savannah State.
“It was nuts just watching the first game,” Chilcoat said. “I was like, ‘I can't believe I'm not out there.' I didn't tear up, but it was definitely hard seeing the guys down there and not being down there with them.”
But Monken knew Chilcoat was still around, which is why he half-joked after Lunt got hurt against Louisiana-Lafayette that the Cowboys may need to reach out to him. OSU had five quarterbacks on the roster, but Daxx Garman is sitting out the season due after transferring from Arizona and junior college transfer Cody Peterson is currently ineligible.