Oklahoma State football: Toughest question of the week for Mike Gundy: 'Who will start at quarterback?'

Coaches have realized that they have a great problem — three good quarterbacks battling for one starting position.
by Gina Mizell Published: November 12, 2012

Can he play? He'll go out there and play," Gundy said. "We practiced him some last week. But when I watched him, I didn't think he was ready to play.

“Now, whether that could change this week, based on five more days of healing, I don't know.”

With the way OSU's practices are structured, Monken said the reps will not be split evenly between the three quarterbacks. That means the Cowboys will go into Tuesday's workout with some sort of delegation of starter, backup and third-teamer. It could change Wednesday or Thursday based on performance or health, of course, but a guy who has started for OSU within the past month will get about 7 percent of the snaps in each session.

In a way, it could help that the OSU coaches and quarterbacks have already gone through this type of decision when Lunt was named the starter following a three-man competition in the spring. Monken said he will continue to be up-front with all the quarterbacks, just like he was with Chelf and Walsh when they were originally passed over by Lunt.

“They pay me to make this decision,” Monken said. “So (I tell them), ‘Here's the reasons why, and I'm not going to waver even if you disagree with me.'

“Just like I didn't waver when Clint came in a couple weeks ago (and told me he should start). I respect your opinion. Doesn't mean I agree with it.”

That honesty is something Gundy thinks has helped foster a good relationship between all three quarterbacks, from the spring battle to the fall's revolving door. The coach also knows two guys will ultimately be unhappy with the quarterback decision made before Saturday.

But Monken echoes Gundy's view — that this is a good problem for the Cowboys to have.

“We could be sitting here going, ‘Well, J.W. didn't play well once Wes went down, and we lost that game. And then Clint had to play, and we lost that game,'” Monken said. “So now it's obvious who our guy is, but we're 4-5 instead of 6-3.

“So I guess the positive to look at is that, at this moment in time, whoever plays, our guys I think feel like gives us a chance to win.”

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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