Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy is causing a lot of confusion in Dixie

We have no idea what Gundy will do, and we've spent a fair number of seasons trying to decipher his double talk.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 25, 2013

STILLWATER — Mike Gundy went mum in the spring and said he wouldn't talk about OSU quarterbacking until after the season opener.

Then last week, he started singing like a canary. Told us both Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh would play against Mississippi State.

Genius. That's what Mike Gundy's plan is. Genius.

I'm not talking about playing two quarterbacks. I'm talking about spreading confusion, not so much here in God's country, but down in Dixie.

We have no idea what Gundy will do, and we've spent a fair number of seasons trying to decipher his double talk.

In fact, here's a quote from Gundy in April 2012, when he had a three-man derby in spring practice: “I don't want to have two quarterbacks … I think it's better to have a starter at quarterback and go into the season saying, ‘He's our starter and we're going to stay with him.'”

Now Gundy is talking about being “obligated” to play both quarterbacks, since both have proved to be effective.

So we have no clue what Gundy actually will do. And Mississippi State has to be completely bumfuzzled.

Which is a very good thing for OSU.

Do you game plan for the Air Raid offense of Holgorsen and Weeden and Monken and Lunt and Chelf? Do you game plan for the infantry twist of Walsh, who showed with that 50-yard quarterback draw against Texas that the Cowboys were capable of going off-roading with this offense?

It's quite possible that Chelf will play the whole way against Miss State. Also quite possible that Chelf will QB, and Walsh will play only in short-yardage situations. And it's even possible that Gundy is telling it straight, and both quarterbacks will play.

All of which lands in the lap of Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, who was promoted to the job in January. So he debuts against OSU. Talk about your frying pan.

You're an SEC defensive coordinator, your first game is against one of those Big 12 offenses with such a reputation for prolificacy, the SEC behemoths seem to have a tonic for such offenses, and now the Cowboys won't even cooperate by agreeing to sticking with what's been working.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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