OSU football: How have Mike Gundy's QB decisions gone before?

COWBOY QUARTERBACKS -- Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy is no stranger to making tough quarterback decisions. Six times before, Gundy and his assistants have had to make a call on the OSU signal caller. Here's a look at how that's gone in the past.
by John Helsley Modified: April 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm •  Published: April 26, 2012
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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.


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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