Tracy Moore did not realize Oklahoma State had made a change at quarterback until Clint Chelf, not J.W. Walsh, jogged out with the rest of the offense for a second-quarter series against TCU Saturday.
And the senior receiver was forthcoming Monday when asked if he was surprised by the timing of the change.
“I’m surprised (coach Mike Gundy) made (the switch) so early,” Moore said. “I was surprised when he made it against Mississippi State, too. I was surprised that they made a change. Like a change change (that stuck for the rest of the game). I knew coming into the season that both of them were going to play. I figured both of them would play every game…
“There’s been plenty of times where they could have changed it. Plenty of times where they probably should have changed it. Some times where he did change it and probably shouldn’t have. Everybody’s gonna have their own opinion, because they’re both that close in talent level.”
Chelf replaced Walsh early in the second quarter against TCU after Walsh threw two early interceptions, including one in the end zone. Chelf finished the day completing 10 of his 25 passes for 184 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception, but Gundy praised the way Chelf managed the game.
Before that, Walsh had started five consecutive games after taking Chelf’s spot on the third offensive series against Mississippi State. So far this season, Walsh has completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 1,324 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions while adding 284 rushing yards and three scores.
Gundy said he will not publicly name a starting quarterback before the Cowboys’ next contest at Iowa State Saturday.