STILLWATER — All signs point to more than one quarterback playing for Oklahoma State this season.
J.W. Walsh finished spring as the presumed replacement for Clint Chelf, but coach Mike Gundy hasn’t named Walsh, Daxx Garman or Mason Rudolph the starter throughout fall camp.
As the opener at AT&T Stadium against defending national champion Florida State approaches, there’s no firm answer as to who will play the majority of snaps in week one.
Rather than rehash all the possible scenarios or dissect the possible strategy of keeping the Seminoles in the dark, here’s a timeline of the more outspoken things Gundy has said about his quarterbacks, despite little actually being known as to who the Cowboys’ signal caller will be:
OSU FOOTBALL MEDIA DAY / AUG. 2
“Whoever we play, we hope that, most of the time, they'll play at a solid level,” Gundy said. “I think, as coaches, we're responsible for that. Our quarterback situation this year is a little bit different than what it has been in the past. We vary our style of offense based on who's in the game. We expect that player and that style to be involved enough to score points.
“It's a very good possibility,” that multiple quarterbacks earn playing time.”
POST-PRACTICE / AUG. 5
Gundy said Daxx Garman is preparing as if he will take “10-to-12 snaps” in the Aug. 30 opener.
“I would always prefer to say, ‘OK, here’s our guy.’ And then (the backup) is prepared to play, but the other guy is clearly more mature and better at this point,” Gundy said. “But if something happened, (the backup) could make a play. I think that’s my best case scenario … If you have guys that can bring something different to the table — that’s what we have right now — then I’m a little reluctant to just disregard that (multiple look) aspect of it.”
OKLAHOMA CITY COWBOY CARAVAN / AUG. 5
“We have a heck of a quarterback battle going.”
POST-PRACTICE / AUG. 16
“The quarterbacks played really the best that they’ve played in a scrimmage in a number of years here … They were very productive.”
No. Name Height Weight Class
4 JW Walsh 6-2 201 Jr.
Walsh’s career record as a starter is 6-2, but he lost the job to Clint Chelf in 2013 after inconsistent play early in the season.
12 Daxx Garman 6-2 205 Jr.
Garman has received rave reviews for his arm strength, but the Arizona transfer hasn’t started a game with any meaning since he was a junior in high school.
10 Mason Rudolph 6-4 204 Fr.
The true freshman ran a spread offense in high school, has a strong arm and NFL-type frame. But would he benefit from redshirt year?
14 Cornelius Taylor 6-6 184 Fr.
Taylor is a very tall freshman walk-on for the Cowboys.