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.
Charlie Moore stole the show Saturday — are you kidding me? Nine catches, 243 yards, three touchdowns — but Tracy Moore seems primed, too, to become OSU's ace receiver. And OSU always has an ace receiver.
“You don't really want to put restrictions on someone,” Monken said. “Some guys go from 20 catches to 120,” which Blackmon virtually did from 2009 to 2010.
Tracy Moore at least has some OSU history — 73 catches and eight TDs over three seasons — but who in the heck saw Charlie Moore coming?
College football is littered with spring sensations who were fall fizzlers, but the Cowboys swear Charlie Moore is the real deal.
“That's not just a flash in the pan,” defensive end Cooper Bassett said. “He's a freak. He's a stud. He's going to be good. The Moore twins, Tracy and Charlie, both are going to be studs for us. They're no-names, but Justin Blackmon was a no-name two years ago.”
Tracy Moore has made tough catches in big games. But at least Charlie Moore's big day Saturday didn't come courtesy of overmatched defensive backs who were out of position. A couple of Charlie Moore's plays were of the well-covered, circus-catch variety.
“What you like to see, there were some ‘wow' plays,” Monken said. “He jumped over somebody and made a catch. He split the defense and looked fast doing it. You think, ‘maybe there's more to Charlie than even we thought.'”
And maybe there's more to the post-Weeden offense than anyone could have hoped for, regardless of who is handed the reins.
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