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November 15, 2012

Summer rewound for OSU quarterbacks

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 blurred 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 Saturday against Texas Tech.

“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. You know, there’s no where to go. Usually quarterbacks don’t play special teams and you usually don’t rotate quarterbacks so there’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There’s no partial playing most of the time. It’s either I’m playing or I’m not playing. That’s difficult to get their arms around, but at least they each have been able to see it a little bit — see the other guys play well.”

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