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OSU notebook: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen preparing for everything

The Bulldogs will be ready for both quarterbacks, Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh.
by Berry Tramel and John Helsley Published: August 28, 2013
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photo - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh throws a pass during the first full pad practice of the fall on August 6, 2013. Photo by KT King/ for The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh throws a pass during the first full pad practice of the fall on August 6, 2013. Photo by KT King/ for The Oklahoman

MISSISSIPPI STATE'S MULLEN PREPARING FOR EVERYTHING

Like everyone beyond the Cowboys' inner circle, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is trying to ponder the possibilities at quarterback for OSU.

Mike Gundy has said both Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh will play and that neither should be considered the backup, lending to many scenarios.

Still, Mullen said preparing for both doesn't mean preparing for two different offenses.

“You gotta be ready,” Mullen said. “For them, one is a little bit more of a runner (Walsh), the other (Chelf) is a little more of a passer. But to me, when you look at their two quarterbacks, they're not a runner and a passer. They both do each well.

“One's probably a little stronger in each category than the other. But you wouldn't classify them as purely runner and purely passer.

“With that being said, I don't think they're going to run a different offense with those guys, just a little different flavor, depending on who's in the game and how those guys execute it.”

GUYER PIPELINE KEEPS PRODUCING

First, it was Josh Stewart.

Then J.W. Walsh joined in.

Now it's Jimmy Bean's turn, with many suggesting the sophomore defensive end is ready for a breakout season, joining his former Texas high school teammates at Denton's Guyer High School as key Cowboys components.

“I've just been waiting,” Bean said. “I'm anxious; anxious to get on the field.”

Bean said it won't stop with him, either, suggesting linebacker Dominic Ramacher won't be far behind in producing in the Guyer Gang.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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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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