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OSU football: The Cowboys' offense is in good hands

Even though the starting quarterback hasn't been named, Oklahoma State has plenty of playmakers heading into the 2012 season.
by Berry Tramel Published: April 21, 2012

STILLWATER — The Orange-Gray Game on Saturday didn't answer the question you wanted it to.

We still don't know who will quarterback the 2012 Cowboys.

But maybe the spring finale answered a question just as big. Instead of who, how. As in, regardless of the quarterback, how good will this Oklahoma State offense be?

The answer: Better than we thought.

After the Moores, Charlie and Tracy, did their best Justin Blackmon imitation, and quarterbacks J.W. Walsh, Wes Lunt and Clint Chelf mostly protected the ball while getting it to their playmakers, optimism rose for Cowboy football 2012.

“On offense, we're going to be right up there again at the top of the country,” Walsh said. “We're definitely not short of playmakers.”

That's a tall order. No way will the '12 Cowboys approach the '11 Cowboys. Not with Brandon Weeden gone to the NFL.

But that doesn't mean this OSU offense still won't be a load for opposing defenses. The Cowboys have elite tailbacks in Joe Randle and Jeremy Smith, Joe Wickline's always-efficient offensive line and a system that appears to bring out the best in quarterbacks and receivers.

Coordinator Todd Monken said he didn't have a lot of faith in his offense as spring sprung. But he does now.

“I hadn't seen Tracy,” Monken said. “Or Charlie.

“We're obviously not going to do it the same way, but I'm convinced we'll be good enough offensively to play with everybody and have a chance to win every game.”

If you want to take Monken's “not … the same way” as evidence Walsh will get the QB job, OK. I don't know who Mike Gundy and Monken will select when they meet Wednesday to crown a prince.

My best guess is it won't be Chelf. My next best guess is it will be Walsh.

But whoever is picked will have some ballplayers to throw to, even though Blackmon, Josh Cooper, Hubert Anyiam, Colton Chelf and Michael Harrison are gone from the 2011 Big 12 title team.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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