Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy won’t name a starting quarterback for the Cowboys’ season opener against Florida State.
But following a morning practice Tuesday, he did hint that one OSU QB will play: Daxx Garman.
Garman — a 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior — is preparing as if he will take “10-to-12 snaps” when the Cowboys face the Seminoles at AT&T Stadium on Aug. 30, Gundy said.
It’s a notable, but otherwise expected, development for the quarterback depth chart. Since Big 12 Media Days in Dallas last month, Gundy has repeatedly said that he’ll potentially use all three quarterbacks situationally this season.
The Cowboys averaged about 75 offensive plays per game last year. So if Garman plays those estimated 10-to-12, that’s less than 20 percent of the total scheme. Not a stat that points to Garman being the starter, but a solid contributor should OSU need his skill set.
So what does Garman bring to the table?
Coaches and teammates have raved about his arm strength, but Garman’s abilities have yet to be seen in a meaningful setting. Outside practice, Garman has only played in spring games for OSU.
To be exact, no one has seen Garman play in a game with any real meaning since 2009.
That was the year of his last season as a starting quarterback. At Jones High School, just northeast of Oklahoma City, he passed for 2,500 yards and 26 touchdowns while completing 69 percent of his passes.
Garman transferred to Southlake Carroll High School, a powerhouse in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, for his senior season, but did not play. After one redshirt year at Arizona, he transferred to OSU; where he’s been deep on the Cowboys’ depth chart ever since.
Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich wouldn’t go into detail as to who is getting the most reps at practice, and instead praised all three of his quarterbacks for their work this fall.
"All three are looking good," Yurcich said. "Daxx is doing a great job with the reps that he’s getting, JW is getting better every day it seems. The young rookie, Rudolph, is really doing good as well. So all three have their strong points and it’s fun to go and coach them every day."
When Gundy was asked if what his ideal quarterback depth chart would look like, he suggested his current situation isn’t the most desirable. And that’s why Garman could get a chance to prove himself against FSU.
"I would always prefer to say, ‘OK, here’s our guy.’ And then (the backup) is prepared to play, but the other guy is clearly more mature and better at this point," Gundy said. "But if something happened, (the backup) could make a play. I think that’s my best case scenario … If you have guys that can bring something different to the table — that’s what we have right now — then I’m a little reluctant to just disregard that (multiple look) aspect of it."