Pokes' top priority: Picking a backup QB
OSU football
Cate, Weeden will compete for No. 2 spot

By Scott Wright Modified: July 31, 2008 at 7:36 pm •  Published: July 31, 2008
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/> "He was able to do that not only from the pocket, but on the move. He's more of a pocket passer, but when things broke down, he could get out and make plays.”

Weeden only played two years of high school football at Edmond Santa Fe, then spent five seasons playing minor-league baseball before walking on at OSU a little more than a year ago.

"After playing five years of baseball, the toughest part for him will be getting up to speed mentally,” said Santa Fe coach Dan Cocanouer.

"Last spring, he said his mind was spinning trying to learn everything and reading defenses.

"But he can throw it like a dart, and he'll put it on the money. I don't know how much they'll run him, but he can sprint out and throw, too.”

Neither player is as mobile as Robinson, who utilizes the option run game well to keep defenses off balance.

So the Cowboy coaches will have to tweak their play-calling should one of the backups get into a game.

"We wouldn't necessarily need a different game plan, but we would lean in one area more than the other,” Gundy said. "I think that we always have to play to the strengths of our quarterback, or whoever our key players are that need to touch the football in order to score points.”



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