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OSU Football: QB Competition Still On?

by John Helsley Published: April 23, 2014

Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh (4) celebrates a touchdown run in the second quarter during the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Mississippi State University Bulldogs (MSU) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh (4) celebrates a touchdown run in the second quarter during the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Mississippi State University Bulldogs (MSU) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The Big 12 held a spring football coaches teleconference Tuesday. When Mike Gundy took his turn, the conversation — naturally — got around to OSU’s quarterback situation. Doesn’t it always these days?

QB discussion has been off the charts when it comes to OSU the past two years. It was again in the spring and figures to remain a hot-button issue in the months ahead.

But wait, didn’t J.W. Walsh establish himself as the clear No. 1 when the Cowboys concluded spring drills a couple weeks ago? And didn’t Gundy confirm as much?

Yes. But remember what we’ve seen at the position the past two seasons: three quarterback starters in 2012; two a year ago, including a first-game switch from Clint Chelf to Walsh, before a return to Chelf midseason.

And consider Gundy’s response Tuesday, when asked about the quarterback outlook:

“We had a really good competition throughout the spring. It’ll continue on,” he said.

Maybe those are words of motivation for Walsh to keep working and not relax in the summer months ahead. Maybe it’s an indicator that the job isn’t completely settled — and a lot of teams are using multiple QBs these days.

Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph are playing from behind, yet also are getting real Division I practice reps for the first time. So they’ve got room to grow, and need room to do so. And that potential for growth is reason to allow the competition to carry on.

“Daxx Garman… had a really good spring,” Gundy said . “And obviously we had the freshman that was here, Mason Rudolph that was learning and getting better each day. Those three guys need to compete.

“They need to put their time and effort in the summer and the offseason, develop the leadership skills with the conditioning, with the team, then we’ll let them go at it for the first 15 days or so in fall camp.”

So the competition continues.

As always, it seems of late, at OSU.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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