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Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy says multiple quarterbacks could play

When asked during Saturday’s Media Day gathering if J.W. Walsh, in his first go as the unquestioned starter, could be expected to take off with the job, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy balked a bit.
by John Helsley Published: August 2, 2014

The assumption surrounding Oklahoma State’s quarterback spot has been that J.W. Walsh is the clear starter.

And all indications are that Walsh is getting the bulk of the No. 1 reps in practice.

Yet when asked during Saturday’s Media Day gathering if Walsh, in his first go as the unquestioned starter, could be expected to take off with the job, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy balked a bit.

“Whoever we play most of the time, we hope their play takes off,” Gundy said. “As coaches, we’re responsible for that.”

A “whoa” moment?

Daxx Garman has impressed at times in workouts and true freshman Mason Rudolph was a coveted recruit. Still, Walsh has been considered the frontrunner, since Gundy confirmed as much following the final spring practice.

Gundy’s latest comments, however, suggest a more complicated scenario.

“Our quarterback situation this year is a little different than it has been in the past,” Gundy said. “We vary our style of offense based on who’s in the game. We expect that player and that style to perform at a level where we can move the ball and score points.”

So multiple quarterbacks could play significant roles?

“It’s a very good possibility,” Gundy said.

PETERSON PREPARING TO LEAD

With the loss of 28 seniors and more contributors from a year ago, the Cowboys are in transition on the field. And in the leadership department.

Kevin Peterson said he’s preparing to fill the void.

“I’m just trying to be more of a mentor to guys,” said the junior cornerback. “The team philosophy is ‘You play for the man next to you’. You can’t be selfish and think so much about yourself. So you just really try to make everyone around you better.”

GROGAN GEARED FOR IMPROVEMENT

Kicker Ben Grogan endured an up-and-down freshman season, making 11 of 18 field goals.

He did rally late in the year, converting five of his last six attempts. And he said he’s worked hard in the months since … working out.

“I’ve worked a lot in the weight room,” Grogan said. “Coach (Rob) Glass has got me on a kicking workout. It’s helped me build a lot of strength during the offseason and I’ve gotten a lot better.”

GETTING TO KNOW YOU …

Most years, OSU works 18 to 20 newcomers into preseason workouts.

This year the number is more like 30.

“There’s so many new guys out there, I don’t even know who they are,” Gundy quipped. “I know who they are, but I don’t know who they are in their helmet.

“A couple guys would make plays, and I’d ask, and they’d tell me who they are. I haven’t even figured out the numbers. I’m still trying to learn who’s in each number.”

For Gundy and the Cowboys, who lost 28 seniors off last year’s squad, the turnover is more significant than any season since his early days on the job.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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