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.