Oklahoma State quarterback Alex Cate leaves football team

BY BRANDON CHATMON, STAFF WRITER, BCHATMON@OPUBCO.COM Published: February 12, 2010
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photo - Alex Cate started this season against Colorado. PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Alex Cate started this season against Colorado. PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
QB Cate leaves Cowboys
Quarterback Alex Cate has left the Oklahoma State football program, a source close to the program confirmed to The Oklahoman on Thursday. It is unclear where the senior-to-be from Cottonwood, Utah, plans to finish his collegiate career.

Despite spending much of the 2009 season at Zac Robinson’s backup, Cate likely decided his chances of playing would increase if he chose to play elsewhere in 2010. Cate started in place of an injured Robinson on Nov. 19 against Colorado, but when the Cowboys’ offense struggled in the first half, Cate was replaced by Brandon Weeden, who led OSU to a 31-28 comeback win.

On Feb. 3, OSU coach Mike Gundy said Weeden, a redshirt junior-to-be, would open spring football as the No. 1 quarterback. The Cowboys also signed two highly touted quarterback recruits in Nate Sorenson of Texarkana, Texas, and Johnny Deaton of Sand Springs.

Despite Weeden beginning spring as the starter, the battle for the starting quarterback spot remains an open competition.

"It’s Brandon’s job to lose,” Gundy said. "But those other guys will come in and compete for it.”

By Brandon Chatmon