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OSU football: Daxx Garman has potential to contend for starting QB job this fall

Former OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden and Cowboys coach Mike Gundy are both impressed by the former Jones High standout. But Garman has not played competitively in almost five years.
by John Helsley Published: March 30, 2014

Brandon Weeden stopped by the Cowboys football camp this week and raved about a quarterback.

No, not him.

Or him.

Oh, Weeden had good things to say about J.W. Walsh and Mason Rudolph, the supposed main characters in Oklahoma State’s spring audition for a leg up in the competition to replace Clint Chelf as starter.

But check out his enthusiasm for junior Daxx Garman, the well-traveled, walk-on transfer.

“I think Daxx Garman can just flat-out spin it,” Weeden said. “I think he sits back in the pocket and throws a good ball, very accurate.”

Of course, that’s Weeden’s kind of guy, a big-armed guy who can “spin” it.

But could Garman be OSU’s starting quarterback at some point, even in the opener?

Why not?

The position has featured plenty of drama and surprises in recent years, with the Cowboys starting multiple quarterbacks in each of the past two seasons. And remember, Weeden came from off the radar to seize the job in 2010, needing a second-half relief rally against Colorado in 2009 to gain attention.

And it’s not just Weeden who’s been impressed with Garman.

“He’s an accurate thrower, and he’s starting to understand the game,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “He works hard at it, and he spins the ball really nice. The one thing that’s happened to him is he’s not really played competitively for a number of years – I think three or four years.

“Now that it’s kind of his turn, he’s starting to get back into the role and understanding. He’s out there getting action, and I see kind of a little bit of a gleam in his eye.”

Now, can he become the gleam of Gundy’s eye?

Surely it’s a longshot, with Garman facing a major game of catch-up to challenge the other QBs, including Rudolph.

When last seen in a game, Garman was really good, throwing for 2,500 yards and 26 touchdowns at Jones High.

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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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