STILLWATER — 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.
Gut feeling comes into play with Monken and the rest of the offensive staff, as well. But they'll also be relying heavily on the concrete evidence on film. Over the next few days, they'll break down the tape of the spring finale. Then, they'll review all the film of the quarterbacks running the first-team offense this spring.
“That gives you the best assessment of what we'll do against somebody else,” Monken said.
And while all of this is going on, Chelf, Walsh and Lunt will wait.
“(The next few days) won't be nerve-wracking, because I feel like I've put everything out on the field for them to assess,” Walsh said.
Added Chelf: “I'll be anxious to hear what they have to say and who they pick. But it's nice to be done with spring and to know we got a lot better as a football team.”
The rest of the Cowboys are curious to see who their quarterback will be, as well. And glad they don't have to make that call.
“That one is going to be a very hard decision,” running back Joseph Randle said. “Because you've got an older guy in Clint Chelf who's been here for a long time. Then you've got a guy who was probably supposed to be at prom (Saturday) or something like that (Lunt), and he's in there doing very well.
“We just have to let the coaches do their job on that one.”