OSU report card: Quarterbacks get a 'B', Receiver Charlie Moore an 'A'

Hard to grade a spring game, but some things, good and bad, stand out and did Saturday, including receiver Charlie Moore and the backup linebackers.
by Berry Tramel Published: April 21, 2012

Hard to grade a spring game. What's good for the offense is bad for the defense, and versa visa. But some things, good and bad, stand out and did Saturday in OSU's Orange-Gray Game.

Quarterbacks: B. Any apparent difference between the three candidates was marginal. Statistically, they were very close. Clint Chelf completed 18 of 31 for 212 yards, J.W. Walsh completed 16 of 27 for 310 yards (courtesy of a late flurry) and Wes Lunt completed 15 of 23 for 215 yards. Each threw two touchdowns and no interceptions. Chelf lost a fumble on an unforced error, but Walsh and Lunt each had multiple passes tipped at the line.

Charlie Moore: A. What a day for the former high school quarterback — nine catches, 243 yards, three touchdowns. Moore's most impressive moment came late. Moore dropped an easy throw from Walsh, but Walsh went right back to Moore on the next play, and Moore made a leaping catch, wrestling the ball away from promising cornerback Miketavius Jones for a 44-yard gain. Good recovery.

Backup linebackers: A. When Mike Gundy was asked about defenders who stood out, his first response was, “27, 29, 41.” Those are the jersey numbers of backup linebackers Lyndell Johnson, Joe Mitchell and Nico Ornelas.

Uniforms: D. The orange was solid, but the gray jerseys are a tough sell. You can't see the numbers. And where were the green jerseys for the quarterbacks? Green jerseys are a rite of spring in Stillwater. Bring back the greens.

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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...
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