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October 16, 2012

OSU’s quarterback quandry persists

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STILLWATER —

Walsh said he is preparing as if he’ll be the starter on Saturday, his standard answer to that question each week since stepping in for Lunt.

Gundy said it could be an advantage for the Cowboys to not let on who will start, because the playing styles of Walsh, the stronger passer, and Lunt, who’s more of a running threat, are so different, making it more difficult for opposing defenses to prepare.

Oklahoma State coaches will take a wait-and-see approach with Lunt, as they’ve done the last couple of weeks.

“We have enough reps in practice for both guys. . The reps won’t become an issue,” Gundy said. “I think the best way to express this is that we want to make a decision on Thursday after practice if (Lunt) is in a position to be successful. We have to decide who gives us the best chance to score points and win the football game.”

But whoever’s behind center, the Cowboys have to play better up front, Gundy said.

“It wasn’t all their fault, but that’s where it starts,” he said. “We didn’t physically block anybody and give our guys a place to run the ball. Then it snowballs into (having to) pass, the ball is wet and slippery, and it just looked bad. You tie all those things together and it’s not a good day on offense.”

Left tackle Parker Graham acknowledged the Cowboys’ offensive line put in lackluster performance against Kansas.

“As an o-lineman myself, we really want to bring the physicality up this week,” Graham said. “You can make as many excuses as you want to. The fact is, we didn’t play as well as we wanted to. The good thing is, we get another game this week.”

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