STILLWATER — The absence of Zac Robinson has been an unexpected positive during the past week of Oklahoma State football practice. "This is a good teaching and learning experience for these other guys,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. Robinson’s hamstring injury has given Gundy an opportunity to get a better look at Alex Cate and Brandon Weeden, OSU’s backup quarterbacks, who seem stuck in the never- ending search for a true No. 2 signal-caller. Cate and Weeden have been battling for the backup spot since the 2008 spring. One of Gundy’s five things to accomplish in this preseason camp was naming a backup quarterback. He can only do that if one of the two can step up and take the job. Weeden appeared close to doing so last spring. "For a while there, I thought Weeden was gonna step up and take that role, but I’m not sure he did,” Gundy said shortly after the Orange-White spring game. Gundy won’t name the backup quarterback until one or the other leaves no doubt who is best for the job. That’s exactly how it should be. You don’t win championships by giving jobs by default, just because that’s what you’re supposed to do. Football is all about competition. You can’t tell the running backs they have to compete for carries, then give the backup quarterback job away just because you would like to name one. "It’s not real important (to name one),” Gundy said. "We haven’t named one in two years. (But) it is important in case something happens, he knows he’s the guy.” But he has to prove he’s the guy first. Until then, the competition continues. "You’d like to have a No. 2,” Gundy said. "But if we don’t have a guy who separates himself, we just won’t do it.” Text "Cowboys” to 65360 today for your chance to win 2 tickets to OSU vs. Georgia in Stillwater, Sept. 5.