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Oklahoma State football notebook: Quarterback competition still on?

Mike Gundy even hinted at a plan for multiple quarterbacks, which puts junior Daxx Garman and freshman Mason Rudolph in play.
by John Helsley and Kyle Fredrickson Published: July 21, 2014
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As spring ended, J.W. Walsh seemed to have a firm grasp on the Cowboys quarterback job.

Yet when asked about his quarterback situation Monday at Big 12 Media Days, coach Mike Gundy didn’t seem inclined to use a Sharpie in declaring Walsh as the starter.

Gundy even hinted at a plan for multiple quarterbacks, which puts junior Daxx Garman and freshman Mason Rudolph in play.

“Well, J.W. Walsh took the majority of the reps in the spring with the 1s and has had a good summer,” Gundy said. “We have some inexperienced and young players behind him. Each one of them brings something a little different to the table in our offense.

“Based on the style of play or the plan of attack that we want to use, we have a little bit of flexibility with the quarterback we put in the game at that time.”

AVERETTE’S RECOVERY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

Junior college transfer linebacker Devante Averette suffered a knee injury in the spring — previously reported as a torn ACL — but has been rehabbing and now could possibly play this fall.

“They all recover different, but I’m not sure the extent of his injury was documented properly,” Gundy said. “He’s out there running around and doing well.”

At a position stripped of depth by graduation, loss of projected starter Kris Catlin to academic issues and D’Nerius Antoine’s inability to qualify, any availability of Averette would provide a boost.

Gundy did not elaborate on Averette’s injury, but did say that he’ll be closely watched when practices start in August.

“I would guess when we start camp they’ll have to make a decision on what the stability of it is and the risk involved,” Gundy said.

SEALES ON POLL: WAIT AND SEE

With the loss of 28 seniors, along with a few other personnel hits, the Cowboys appear to be in a rebuild, at least temporarily.

And that was reflected in the preseason media poll, where OSU finished fifth in the voting.

“We don’t try to look at that,” said Cowboys receiver Jhajuan Seales. “We just keep going, playing our hearts out. We don’t pay attention to the polls so much, we just go out and try to win games.

“I mean, yeah, it’s motivation. But you don’t want to pay too much attention to it. You just have to win games and let people see what you can do.”

And then, Seales said, check back in December.

“See where they had us and see where we came to be,” he said.

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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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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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