Oklahoma State football coaches Mike Gundy and Todd Monken have named true freshman Wes Lunt as the Cowboys starting quarterback. Here's a look back at Mike Gundy's other notable quarterback decisions:
2002: JOSH FIELDS VS. ASO POGI
Fields, a freshman, had led the cowboys to season-ending wins over Baylor and Oklahoma in 2001, both in relief of the veteran Pogi, signaling the start of a competition.
Decision: Head coach Les Miles ultimately made the call, although Gundy was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and surely had input. The decision wasn't all that difficult, with Pogi slowed after a December car wreck. Coaches gave Fields every opportunity to win it, too, altering their spring schedule to accommodate Fields' starting status on the baseball team.
Thumbs… Up. Fields remains one of OSU's most underrated QBs, the man behind center during the Cowboys' initial ascent in the Big 12. He beat OU twice and got OSU back in the bowl business.
2005: DONOVAN WOODS VS. BOBBY REID
Woods directed the Cowboys to seven wins and an Alamo Bowl appearance as a freshman the year before. But that was under the more conservative Miles, who left soon after to take over at LSU. Gundy, in as head coach, had hired Larry Fedora to install a spread passing attack – not a great fit for Woods. And Reid was the heralded recruit.
Decision: Three weeks into the season, with the Cowboys 2-0, Gundy pulled the trigger on a switch from Woods to Reid.
Thumbs… Down. Woods was moved to defense and the Cowboys finished 4-7 in Gundy's debut. Would the Pokes have won more with Woods behind center? Probably, although Fedora insisted it was vital to move ahead in the offense with a QB capable of running it. In the end, the position was a mess, with Reid getting hurt and Al Pena offering nothing in relief. OSU finished 91st nationally in total offense and last in the Big 12.
2006: BOBBY REID VS. ZAC ROBINSON VS. AL PENA
Back healthy, Reid was the clear frontrunner in a renewed competition. But Pena returned, too, and Robinson had caught the eyes of coaches dating back to his redshirt season in '05, when he provided an “interesting twist” in the preseason.
Decision: Reid, after a strong preseason, was named the starter, as expected.
Thumbs… Up. While memories of Reid are often unfavorable, he was pretty good as a sophomore in 2006, throwing for 2,226 yards and 24 TDs with 11 interceptions. Reid led the Cowboys to a 7-6 record and a win over Alabama in the Independence Bowl. He was good enough, in fact, to be named to the 2007 Manning Award watch list.
2007: BOBBY REID VS. ZAC ROBINSON, PART II
Reid was always in competition with someone. And Robinson was regularly in pursuit. Reid's inconsistency and stumbles in the biggest games instilled little confidence in coaches and teammates. Robinson was a better runner and leader.
Decision: After the Cowboys lost at Georgia in the season opener, Robinson was installed as the starter the following week.
Thumbs… Up. Fedora had actually pushed for the move to Robinson much earlier. Soon we knew why. Robinson was the trigger man in OSU's offensive uprising, leading three Cowboys teams to a combined 25 wins and three bowl trips. Reid left the program after the '07 season.
2010: BRANDON WEEDEN VS. JOHNNY DEATON VS. CLINT CHELF
One big half against Colorado the year before – when Robinson was hurt – propelled Weeden to the top of spring competition. And a switch to Dana Holgorsen's pass-heavy offense didn't hurt. Chelf was a redshirt freshman and Deaton had enrolled early as a true freshman. Another touted recruit, Nate Sorenson was on the way in the fall.
Decision: Weeden took control early in the spring, easily distancing himself from the competition.
Thumbs… Up. Uh, no-brainer, with Weeden now considered OSU's greatest quarterback ever; the orchestrator of the two winningest seasons in school history, the only Big 12 championship and a Fiesta Bowl victory.
2012: WES LUNT VS. J.W. WALSH VS. CLINT CHELF
Bidding to replace Weeden and keep OSU's offense at a high-octane level, this trio entered the spring in a virtual dead heat for next season's starting job.
Thumbs… TBD. Check back in a couple of years, when Lunt has had ample chance to do his thing. Besides, the competition isn't over, not hardly. It may even boil back up in August.