Who Will Quarterback The Cowboys?

One of the first questions Sunday evening during Mike Gundy's weekly conference call with beat writers was, "What is the latest on your quarterback situation?" "I'm not going to comment on anything with the quarterbacks," said the Oklahoma State head coach.

Later, it was asked hypothetically, how he would feel about starting Clint Chelf at quarterback? Again, just to make sure there was no confusion on the issue, Gundy, said he would not comment on the quarterback situation.

One question asked of Gundy dealt with if the head coach saw anything previously that led him to believe the fourth-year junior would come out and play the way he did Saturday night when freshman starter Wes Lunt came out with concussion-like symptoms.

Chelf came in for his first really competitive action and completed 16-of-27 passing for 233 yards with a touchdown and an interception that ended the Cowboys chances deep in K-State territory with a little under two minutes to play.

"He hadn't played much," said Gundy. "That is the first time he'd really played. I think he managed the offense pretty well. He was sound in his reads, and he showed some mobility."

Asked about the quarterback position and that it had been a while since the Cowboys had dealt with adversity like what they are experiencing at one position, Gundy corrected the band of media on the call.

"We've just come out of some issues and some pretty good shuffling at wide receiver the last month," he added.

Indeed, in addition to the eight catches by veteran Josh Stewart and the seven catches for a team-high 135 yards from junior Charlie Moore, the Cowboys receivers numbers showed Austin Hays with four receptions for 81 yards, including the 53-yard touchdown to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead, and fellow freshman Blake Webb with two catches for 46 yards.

There was no talk of the upcoming game with West Virginia that will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium and be televised on ABC.

Gundy, like each Sunday, had come out of team and special teams meetings before participating in the teleconference, and he was pretty matter of fact about the state of the Cowboys right now.

"They are down right now and they should be," he said. "The way we played and the way we coached, I failed them this week because they weren't prepared.

"We turned the ball over, we tackled poorly, we were terrible on special teams. They will have a tough night but they will need to play better by Tuesday (next time the Cowboys practice after tonight)."

All that said, Gundy did say he told them that even with the terrible play on special teams, the poor tackling, the turnovers, and the fact they turned defensive linemen loose on the quarterbacks, they were still driving deep in K-State territory with a chance to score late in the game and really make it interesting.

There is some hope for Monday and Tuesday and beyond.

That does bring us back to the question that all Cowboys fans want answered, who is going to play quarterback? Stay tuned.

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