Oklahoma State plans to name starting QB Wednesday

Associated Press Modified: April 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm •  Published: April 21, 2012
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Senior Clint Chelf, redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh and freshman Wes Lunt have completed their audition to become Oklahoma State's next starting quarterback.

Now, the waiting begins.

All three candidates threw two touchdowns apiece in the Cowboys' spring game on Saturday, their final chance to influence coach Mike Gundy's decision on who will replace record-setting quarterback Brandon Weeden. Chelf also ran for a score on a 2-yard draw but was the only one to commit a turnover, fumbling in the red zone in the first quarter.

Gundy said he'll announce the starter after meeting with his offensive staff Wednesday to review the spring.

"If we're on the same page, we won't have any further discussions. We'll move along," Gundy said. "If they feel differently than I do, then I want them to give me the reasons why and then we'll make a decision and move forward."

Walsh threw for 310 yards on 16-for-27 passing, Lunt went 15-for-23 for 215 yards and Chelf had 212 yards while completing 18 of 31 passes.

Charlie Moore was the surprising star, catching nine passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns — a 39-yarder from Chelf and 58- and 59-yard scoring passes from Lunt.

During a span of five plays in the second half, Chelf threw a 21-yard score to Tracy Moore, Walsh followed with a 70-yard touchdown pass over the defense to Kevin Johnson and Lunt hit Moore for his 59-yard TD on a deep ball down the right side.

"I thought that each quarterback at times showed signs of being good enough to start next year and then I saw times where there were some deficiencies with each one of them," Gundy said.

Chelf had the only turnover, fumbling after he had started to throw and then tried to pull the ball down.

Walsh didn't get going until late, throwing for touchdowns on his final two drives. Before then, he put the Cowboys in position for a 25-yard field goal by Quinn Sharp and then had a pair of three-and-outs among four drives that ended in punts.

Lunt struggled to move the ball when he wasn't throwing deep to Charlie Moore, getting just one first down on his other five drives combined.

"I'll be anxious to hear what they have to say and who they pick, but it's nice to be done with spring and know that we got a lot better as a football team," said Chelf, who was Weeden's backup last season but only played when games were out of hand late.

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