LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Oklahoma St. Cowboys' quarterback quandary has ended with true freshman Wes Lunt getting the nod over junior Clint Chelf and redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh, Mike Gundy announced Thursday. He'll be OSU's first true freshman starter in at least six decades. Considering Brandon Weeden is 28 years old, this has to be the biggest age difference between an outgoing starter and his replacement since, I don't know, maybe the '40s, when this sort of thing happened all the time probably. You'd think.
Lunt was a four-star recruit, as Rivals saw it, ranking as the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the country while breaking Illinois state high school records in an OSU-friendly system. He describes himself as similar to Weeden, as far as being a dropback passer at least. Good Lord, just look how young he looks here. Gundy, who is eternally 40 years old, could almost pass for his grandpa.
"We had to make a decision based on what we thought was best for our offense to score points and then give us the best chance to win football games," Gundy said in a statement. "All three players had good springs, but at some point, the decision is made on the field. There's always a comment about who coaches are going to name as the starter at any position, but the coaches usually don't make that decision - the decision is made by the players. Wes performed better than the other two quarterbacks in the spring."
OSU felt it needed to make the decision well before fall camp to avoid becoming more like Oklahoma. File that one away for Thanksgiving weekend.
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