OSU coach Mike Gundy said following practice Wednesday that it takes true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt about three practices to show the progress of what a veteran player would show in one workout.
But when asked if Lunt was still a serious contender for the 2012 starting quarterback job, Gundy said, “Yes.”
Wednesday's practice marked the midway point of spring football for the Cowboys, with all three quarterbacks — junior Clint Chelf, redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh and Lunt — still taking equal reps.
And Gundy said Lunt has improved in recent practices because he is starting to get acclimated to OSU's offensive system.
“From where he's at in being (what should be) a high school player, he's done a really nice job,” Gundy said. “He's made some good strides.”
Gundy still hopes to name OSU's starter by the end of spring ball.
“I'm seeing each player develop some,” Gundy said. “We were running some drills at the end of practice to kind of put guys in game situations. Each quarterback gets a chance, and I'm seeing them make plays.”
TRACY MOORE IMPRESSING ON OUTSIDE
When Tracy Moore moved from inside receiver to outside receiver, he not only had to learn a new position. He took Justin Blackmon's spot on the depth chart.
But Walsh and wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn have been impressed with Moore's transition.
“It's hard to replace a top-10 pick, but he's doing a heck of a job,” Dunn said. “I don't think we'll see a drop in production there.
“I'm not saying he's going to go out there and make 120 catches, but we're confident in that Tracy's going to get out there, get open, catch the ball, go score, do a lot of things that we need to win.”
Cowboy cornerback Justin Gilbert said Moore is now his favorite receiver to go up against in practice. That honor was once reserved for Blackmon.
“He's a tough challenge,” Gilbert said of Moore. “He catches some pretty good balls.”
Moore is the Cowboys' top returning receiver, making 45 catches for 672 yards and four touchdowns in 2011.
GUNDY HAPPY WITH ENERGY LEVEL OF PRACTICE
Though there are always ups and downs of spring workouts, especially since the roster is not yet full, energy and effort level can stay consistent.
So far, Gundy has been pleased with that.
“Defensively, we were doing a better job of running to the football in our team periods,” he said. “Offensively, we've taken care of the ball and guys have been in the right spot for most of practice.
“We just have to continue our enthusiasm level. Guys' attitudes have really been good and we're getting a lot accomplished.”
*Center Evan Epstein has not practiced this week because of a high fever and pneumonia, leaving sophomore Jake Jenkins and redshirt freshman Travis Cross to snap the ball. Epstein is expected to return to practice Monday.
*Former OSU safety Markelle Martin has scheduled a personal pro day for NFL teams on April 17 at 11 a.m. at Boone Pickens Stadium. Martin did not participate in the NFL Combine or OSU's Pro Day because of a knee injury.