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OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy still plans to name starting quarterback before summer

The head coach will sit down with assistants after Saturday's ‘Spring Finale' and discuss who should be No. 1 going into fall camp.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, Published: April 18, 2012

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.”


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.

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