STILLWATER — The day of Oklahoma State's first spring practice, coach Mike Gundy said that he wanted one of the Cowboys' three starting quarterback candidates to “take (the job) and run with it.”
Yet here we are more than a month later, heading into the final week of workouts with little clarity on who will take OSU's first snap in September.
Junior Clint Chelf, redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh and true freshman Wes Lunt are all still taking equal reps. All are still alternating running the first-team offense. And not one has consistently performed better than the other two in order to create clear separation as the new starter.
“You can say it's half-full and say that all three have done things a lot better than I thought they would,” offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. “You can say it's half-empty and say that nobody has yet distinguished themselves as our guy.”
And last week's scrimmages — the first two for the Cowboys this spring — did not do much to settle the quarterback competition.
On Monday, Gundy called the play of all three quarterbacks “very average” in a scrimmage that was dominated by the defense. On Friday, it was reversed, with all three quarterbacks looking much sharper and leading multiple touchdown drives.
But here's what I can determine from the prolonged QB derby.
It's good news for Wes Lunt.
Yes, the guy who should be enjoying his final months as a high school senior is still very much in contention for this job. He was naturally going to show the most improvement because he had to start from scratch, but some would say he was absolutely the best quarterback last week.
Conversely, it's bad news for Clint Chelf.
If someone really needed to firmly take hold of this job, it was Chelf. Monken said as much before the spring began when he emphasized Chelf should be “significantly” better than Walsh and Lunt early on because he has been in the program the longest. Clearly, that did not happen.