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Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy says he's got 'a heck of a quarterback battle going'

The starter for the Florida State opener in Arlington has yet to be announced. But the conversation shifted from “if JW Walsh will start,” to “how much time will Daxx Garman really play?”
by Kyle Fredrickson Published: August 5, 2014

Fans waited patiently in padded-metal chairs for him to arrive on stage. With the season opener less than a month away, a few hundred shifted excitedly to talk Oklahoma State football with coach Mike Gundy.

With microphone in hand, Gundy spent nearly 15 minutes of his spotlight at the 2014 Cowboys Caravan inside the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Tuesday night breaking down different position groups. Then, he said this:

“We have a heck of a quarterback battle going.”

That was a hot topic Tuesday in Stillwater.

The Cowboy quarterback depth chart didn’t change, as the starter for the Florida State opener in Arlington has yet to be announced. But the conversation shifted from “if JW Walsh will start,” to “how much time will Daxx Garman really play?”

Gundy told reporters after a morning practice that Garman — a 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior — is preparing as if he will take “10-to-12 snaps” when OSU faces the Seminoles on national TV Aug. 30.

Gundy, assistant coaches and teammates have raved about Garman’s arm strength. Even Brandon Weeden. The former OSU quarterback told The Oklahoman in March that Garman impressed when he visited spring camp.

But while there’s much to like about Garman, who transferred to OSU from Arizona in 2012, much is unknown about his skill set.

Because Garman hasn’t started a fall football game with any real meaning since the 2009 season.

That’s the year he was a junior quarterback at Jones High School, northeast of Oklahoma City, and finished the season with 2,500 yards passing and 26 touchdowns while completing 69 percent of his throws.

Garman transferred to Southlake Carroll High School, a powerhouse in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, for his senior season but didn’t play because of transfer eligibility issues.

Other than spring showcases, Garman hasn’t appeared in a college football game since. He was redshirted at Arizona and has been deep on the OSU depth chart the past two seasons. Now, he might be asked to play against the returning national champions in his first collegiate matchup.

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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