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OSU football: Each quarterback has good moments, bad moments in spring game

The final stat lines for J.W. Walsh, Clint Chelf and Wes Lunt look impressive, but they all had good and bad moments Saturday.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: April 21, 2012

“As everybody has seen, it doesn't matter which one it is,” Tracy Moore said of the quarterbacks. “They all can throw it, and we all can make plays at receiver from first string to third string.”

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken wasn't so quick to judge — or overreact to — the quarterbacks' performances immediately after the game, however.

“You look at something, and you just have to be careful of rushing to judgment without watching the tape, you know?” Monken said. “There's a lot of beautiful girls out there with terrible personalities.”

But Monken did feel he was equipped to analyze each quarterback's overall spring.

To him, Walsh had the most up-and-down journey — starting strong, then dipping during the middle weeks before finishing his “best football” over the past few days. Lunt, as expected for a true freshman, continuously improved over the course of 15 practices and emerged as a viable candidate about halfway through the workouts. And Chelf's spring was described as “steady.”

But not one quarterback has consistently performed considerably better than the others. That's put the Cowboys and the coaching staff in this predicament. But Chelf and Walsh also both said it's made all three quarterbacks better.

“One of us would have a great day, and then another one would have a great day, and then all three of us would have a great day,” Walsh said. “There's been a lot of good days from all of us, and (Saturday) was just a sample of that.

“That definitely sparks a little fire underneath all of us, and that's also a tool we used this spring.”

Now, Gundy and the rest of the offensive staff face the task of picking a starter heading into the summer, something the head man has been adamant about since before spring practice began. They will all meet on Wednesday to compare and contrast the candidates and announce a starter. Between now and then, there will be plenty of film study and evaluation.

Gundy said he already knows which quarterback he believes gives OSU the best chance to win but will not yet share it because he does not want to sway the other coaches. The right guy isn't so clear to others.

“If it was that obvious, we'd have already made the decision,” Monken said. “So it's not going to be that simple. It's just not. If it was that simple, we wouldn't have split all the reps. That's the way it is.

“Whoever it is is going to function well, and we're going to score points and win games.”


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