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OSU football: Now comes the process of choosing a quarterback

The 15 Oklahoma State spring practices are done, and now it's time for Mike Gundy and his offensive staff to meet and make a decision on who will start at quarterback: Clint Chelf, J.W. Walsh or Wes Lunt.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: April 23, 2012
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— What now?

The 15 Oklahoma State spring practices are done. The spring finale completed. If it was so easy to name a new starting quarterback, offensive coordinator Todd Monken said the coaches would have already done it.

But that decision will apparently come later this week, following a meeting between coach Mike Gundy and the offensive staff on Wednesday. Gundy has been very adamant about wanting to name a starting quarterback heading into summer workouts and has never backed off that desire even though there has been little separation between contenders Clint Chelf, J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt.

Gundy already knows who he thinks the starter should be. But he's purposely not revealing his thoughts — to the media, the public or even his own staff. He doesn't want to sway the offensive assistants who will also play a role in this decision, which is why Gundy has never even spoken with those coaches about the quarterback competition during the spring.

“I have an opinion on what's best for our football team,” Gundy said. “And I want to hear what (the other assistants') opinion is.

“We make that comparison, and if we're on the same page, we won't have any further discussions. We'll move along. If they feel differently than I do, then I want them to give me the reasons why, and then we'll make a decision and move forward.”

Gundy has gotten a broad view of all three quarterbacks in practice but has never known the specific play calls to recognize if there was an incorrect read or a busted route. He instead pays close attention to things like body language and attitude. Saturday's environment gave him a closer look at how Walsh and Lunt handle a crowd and a clock and a higher tempo. And, of course, Gundy relies a bit on instinct, since he was once the starting quarterback for the Cowboys.


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