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by Jenni Carlson and Ryan Aber and John Helsley and Jason Kersey Published: August 20, 2013

Right players when it comes to skill set, like the mobility and toughness J.W. Walsh can provide in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

And right players when it comes to attitude. Clint Chelf didn't gripe about coming off the field in a situation where he could have passed (or run) for a score, while Walsh has embraced his change-up role.

John Helsley, OSU beat writer

OSU's situation is unique, in that both Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh are proven — and winning — Big 12 quarterbacks.

And each offers unique strengths, as well as common ones, like leadership and locker room respect. So why not get the best from both?

Chelf doesn't come across as the kind of kid who is burdened by ego. And Walsh has publicly said all the right things as a team player so far in his career. And he has two years to call his own after this season.

So Chelf and Walsh should be able to coexist, amid teammates already used to winning behind both.

Now that's a win-win situation.

Jenni Carlson, columnist

Not every quarterback conundrum is created equally. Situations and specifics vary, but with these Cowboys and Sooners, playing multiple quarterbacks will add another twist to their already high-powered offenses.

And with defensive questions for both teams, the offenses needs to score as much as possible.

OSU used multiple quarterbacks last season with great success — and not just when injuries forced the Cowboys' hand. Whether it was Wes Lunt and J.W. Walsh or Clint Chelf and Walsh, the combos gave opponents fits. Lunt and Chelf could stretch the field with their arms while Walsh was a threat to run and pass.

OU had success with two quarterbacks a year ago, too. Sure, Landry Jones didn't like doing most of the work, then giving way to Blake Bell. But the results were spectacular.

No reason they won't be similarly fantastic this season.

Bell has a great arm and a power running game. Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson have good arms and speedy ground games.

When you've got multiple quarterbacks who can play — and who complement each other — no reason not to use them.

by Jenni Carlson
Reporter and Columnist
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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