Before the season began, and the Oklahoma State quarterback competition was still going strong, last year’s starter, Wes Lunt, decided that he would transfer from the school and help clear things up for head coach Mike Gundy. It was an indication that Lunt would be the odd man out, and things had come down to sophomore J.W. Walsh and senior Clint Chelf.
After Gundy replaced some ridiculous restrictions on where Lunt could transfer, the former Cowboys starter chose to go back home and will likely be the starter for the Illinois Fighting Illini come 2014 after sitting out this year as required.
Now, I bet Gundy is wishing that he had put some of the energy that he did in restricting Lunt from which schools he could attend into convincing him to stay.
Walsh ultimately won the job and played quite well to begin the season, but this past Saturday he was replaced in the 24-10 win over TCU by Chelf after a shaky start. Chelf played well enough to lead the Cowboys to the conference victory, but he wasn’t great by any means either.
Because of this, Gundy and the rest of the coaching staff are still a bit unsure about which direction they want to go forward:
“We’re going to work both players the way we have, they get equal reps each week and see how it goes,” coach Mike Gundy said. “We’ve just started looking at Iowa State, we’ll come up with a game plan and try to work it in to our quarterback that we think gives us the best chance to win. We certainly won’t share it publicly, but we’d like to have a decision by Thursday. We’ll look and see where we’re at and how things go in practice this week.”