It's almost impossible to project how new Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt will ultimately perform in his true freshman season.
But how he's progressed since spring football? Coach Mike Gundy said Lunt grades out high.
“He'd have an ‘A,'” Gundy said. “But a letter grade on where he's at (overall)? The best game will give us that indication of how far he's come. I'm comfortable with him. I don't have anything or any concerns right now.”
Doesn't mean the 18-year-old is perfect, though.
“He's very capable of making mistakes,” Gundy said. “As we all know, any skill player that puts the ball on the ground or gives it to the other team can certainly affect a game quicker than any other position on the field. I think he's doing very well, but he still makes some mistakes.
“The area that he's really impressed me in is his demeanor, the way he handles the offense. If he makes a mistake, he doesn't let it bother him. His short-term memory's been really good.”
TODD MONKEN'S UNENVIABLE DECISION
Cowboy offensive coordinator Todd Monken spoke Saturday about how difficult a task it must be to tell a kid — in this case No. 3 quarterback Clint Chelf — that he'd lost a position battle, and a very public position battle at that.
Among toughest job duties, he ranked it just behind telling an NFL player he'd been cut.
“That's the hardest part,” Monken said, “telling kids, when in their minds it may not be obvious. When it's obvious, that's easy, they get it. Around Brandon Weeden, no one came in and said, ‘Hey, do I get to compete?'”
Chelf, a fourth-year junior, had been Weeden's backup. But in an open race held to replace Weeden in the spring, Lunt won the job and redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh was named No. 2, with Chelf No. 3 in what was a tight competition.
“Now you've got a freshman (Lunt) and you've got J.W. and you've got Clint,” Monken said. “And they've all had success in their lives. Yeah, that's difficult to sit down with them …
“And to see their parents. Everybody wants their kids to be happy and smile. And they're not happy when they're not playing. That's just the nature of how it goes. Unfortunately, that's what we do.”
GUNDY WANTS HOTTER TEMPERATURES
Usually, the Cowboys are forced to battle through brutal heat during fall camp. And it looked like that would especially be the case this year, with record temperatures reaching north of 110 degrees days before practice began.
But after a relatively bearable first two-plus weeks of camp, Gundy is actually hoping for hotter weather the next two weeks to help prepare the Cowboys for what they'll face playing on the Boone Pickens Stadium turf in the season-opener.
“Three weeks ago, I don't think anybody would have said that,” Gundy said Saturday. “But we've had a relatively mild camp when it comes to weather, because we were out there at 8 a.m. or 7:30. I don't know that we've been on the field and it's been above 95 degrees.
“And in most cases, when we kick it off out here for the first game, the field temperature's usually 110. So we need to get some heat, but I'm sure we will this week.”