STILLWATER — Most teams dream of having the depth to go three deep at quarterback. For Oklahoma State’s coaches, those dreams are more of a nightmare.
A process that took nearly the entire summer to separate true freshman Wes Lunt from redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh and junior Clint Chelf has once again been muddled with Chelf’s success last week against West Virginia.
“It gets blurred based on the three of them having success,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “Clint Chelf has been in for five and a half quarters and his experience has been evident in that he makes fewer mistakes than the other guys. Blurred is probably a good description of Clint playing better than we would have anticipated, or at that point he wouldn’t have been third-team. I don’t know any other way to put it. We’ve been wrong before in situations. ... It’s not an easy task for us, but I’d rather be in this situation than looking for a guy to go out there and make a play.”
Making the play hasn’t been a problem for the quarterbacks this season. It’s figuring out the order in the depth chart that has the coaches agonizing over which one should start against Texas Tech today.
“Oh yeah, it’s hard,” Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. “It was hard in the spring. You have to have a pecking order.”
Chelf appears to have the hot hand for the Pokes after completing 22 of 31 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns. But Monken was quick to point out that it doesn’t necessarily mean the junior from Enid will be starting when the Cowboys take the field Saturday.
“We’ll have to look at it and decide who gives us the best chance to win,” Monken said. “They were all available the other night, but available and medically cleared is different from being able to function, practice, be accurate with your throws and give us a chance to win. They’ll all be cleared this week, so we’ll just go from there. We have three guys who are capable of winning, so we’ll just assess it as the week goes.”