Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Wednesday that he was not currently in a position to name a starting quarterback.
He doesn't expect he'll be able to do it following Saturday's spring finale, either.
But he still maintains that he wants to peg either junior Clint Chelf, redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh or true freshman Wes Lunt as the Cowboys' starter before summer workouts begin.
“I would like to stay with what my goal was, and that's to name one within maybe a week after (the spring finale),” Gundy said. “I was hoping to name one up through practice 9 or 10, but we didn't feel like we were in a position to do that.
“Unless somebody talks me out of it, we want to name a quarterback going into the summer.”
Next week will be a critical part of the process, when Gundy, offensive coordinator Todd Monken and other staff members meet to review film and discuss the candidates.
“I want to hear what they have to say before I offer my opinion,” Gundy said. “I don't want to sway one way or the other. I want to hear what they have to say, and I want to know the reasons why.
“And then I want to make a comparison to what I see and what I feel, and if it's the same, then I don't need to say anything. I just need to say, ‘OK.' If it's different, then we need to talk about it. And I want to know why and I want them to bring the evidence to the table of the reasons that this needs to happen.”
DETAILS FOR SPRING FINALE SURFACING
The format of the conclusion of OSU's spring practice has been a bit of a mystery, with the athletic department consistently calling it a spring “finale” rather than a spring “game.”
Some details started to surface Wednesday, however.
The Cowboys will be split into two teams and will hold a 75-play “thud” scrimmage, which means no tackling all the way to the ground.
Monken will call plays for both teams, and all three quarterbacks will play for both teams. The rest of the offensive and defensive staffs will be split up. Gundy will watch from the middle of the field.
More details about Saturday's finale, which is set for 12:30 p.m. inside Boone Pickens Stadium, will be released Thursday morning.
GUNDY ‘PLEASANTLY SURPRISED' WITH WEDNESDAY'S SCRIMMAGE
Though Saturday marks the conclusion of spring practice, the bulk of the Cowboys' work is done after Wednesday's 110-play scrimmage.
And Gundy said he was “pleasantly surprised” with the entire team's performance, especially given the results of last week's scrimmages, when the defense dominated on Monday and the offense took charge on Friday.
“Probably as equal a competition as we've had, where there were good plays on both sides of the ball,” Gundy said. “I thought our effort was good, our attitude was good, tempo was really good.”
WIDE RECEIVER DAVID GLIDDEN SPRAINS ANKLE
Backup inside receiver David Glidden suffered a high ankle sprain during Monday's practice and will be held out of Saturday's spring finale.
Gundy expects Glidden to be in a cast for 4-6 weeks.
Glidden redshirted last season but has been getting several reps at receiver and punt returner this spring.
GUNDY UNSURE ABOUT SCRIMMAGING AGAINST OTHER SCHOOLS IN SPRING
Reports surfaced earlier this week that one topic expected to be on the agenda when the American Football Coaches Association Board meets in Arizona next month is allowing schools to practice or scrimmage against other programs.
Gundy said Wednesday that he hadn't heard of the proposed rule change until an OSU official brought it up during the media session. And at first thought, he was unsure if he would want to scrimmage against another school in the spring.
“I'd need to sit down and look at it, the pros and cons,” Gundy said. “What would happen is some of your more dominant schools with more money would bring schools in that they could scrimmage and beat up on. And some schools would do it for money. I bet you it would become a money issue.”
Gundy half-joked that he wouldn't be coaching anymore by the time the new rule would be introduced.
“I'll be retired before anybody ever puts it into play,” Gundy said. “Anything that comes up, (decision-makers) argue about it for six or eight years.”