It’s never fun to face the defending National Champion in the first game of the season — especially when you haven’t named your starting quarterback. Oklahoma State hoped to resolve that problem during Saturday’s scrimmage, but their quarterbacks aren’t making it easy for the coaches. They still haven’t named a quarterback for their season opener against the Florida State Seminoles
”The quarterbacks played the best they’ve played in a scrimmage probably in a number of years here,” head coach Mike Gundy said, via okstate.com. “They were very productive. I was pleased with today.”
The scuffle for quarterback includes J.W. Walsh, Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph. Gundy remained tight-lipped. If he’s made up his mind, it’s impossible to tell. He praised all quarterbacks equally, and even when asked about Garman in particular, he mentioned that it was the best he’d seen all of the quarterbacks play since arriving at OSU.
Walsh is, no doubt, the frontrunner. He started five games for the Cowboys in 2013, yet Gundy hasn’t named the experienced junior this year’s starter. Offensive coordinator Mike Yurich liked how Walsh played.
“J.W. Walsh brings a lot of physicality to the game,” Yurcich said. “He understands the game very well, he has experience and he’s a great leader.”
Rudoply was a touted four-star recruit coming out of the 2014 class, but he needs some seasoning. Garman appears to be the main reason the Cowboys haven’t tapped Walsh.
“Daxx Garman has knowledge. He’s had a lot of practice reps and he continues to impress us with his ability to throw the ball down the field,” Yurcich said. “Daxx can really spin the ball and it’s really pretty to watch him throw it.”