Spring Football: Quarterbacks Are Truly Happy

STILLWATER - On Mondays practice starts a little later to allow for some extra meeting time and video study coming off the weekend. With the student-athlete's Academic Banquet scheduled Monday night and many of the players anticipating the NCAA basketball Championship Game, practice was running tight and right on time. The Oklahoma State Cowboys were on the practice field for about two hours.

"We had a really good practice today," said Gundy as he was walking off the field after the workout. "We cut it down just a little bit as the spring has gone on ... (we have) a few guys out with some bumps and bruises, so we trim our reps down a little bit.

"Our enthusiasm was good, the effort was good. I thought the secondary and the defense was really good today. They competed. They're going to make our wide receivers better by challenging them and being a lot closer to them and forcing them to make really good catches with their hands.

"I thought that the offensive line played well today and all the quarterbacks played well. We had a good day overall," Gundy said.

Gundy is also a huge sports fan, as are his sons, so he will watch the NCAA Championship too.

"It's going to be hard to go against Louisville. Michigan is playing really well. Anybody could justify picking either team, but I like Louisville's defense and I like their point guard play," analyzed Gundy.

"I know Michigan has the player of the year, but I like Peyton Siva. I like how he directs their offense. I would have to take Louisville if somebody pinned me down and said I had to take one."

Point guard is a little like quarterback in football, and as that goes the Cowboys have three proven distributors. Despite some media outlets doubting that all three can coexist, our conversations with the quarterbacks have produced strong affirmative answers that they all want to be at Oklahoma State.

They all get along really well, and nobody is thinking of anything other than how they can help each other and the team.

If you count the bowl game and give J.W. Walsh credit for the start against Louisiana (he came in on play six), then Walsh, Clint Chelf and Wes Lunt all started and won a nonconference and conference game. They all threw for four touchdowns in a game. They all threw for 338 yards or more in a game with Walsh and Lunt topping 400 yards in a game.

I challenege anybody to find that situation ever before in the annals of college football. Because of the physical performance and the chemistry between the three quarterbacks you might be able to do something really interesting. All three say they love Oklahoma State, want to play here, understand the situation, and have no intention of departing.

You could look at the trio like a football pitching staff with a starter, a closer (short yardage and goal line) and a middle or long reliever (if the starter is struggling).

It's possible that with the unique quarterback situation that Oklahoma State could create something unique. Last week in the same breath (same answer) when Gundy said Chelf figures to be the starter, he also said we (coaching staff) don't have all the answers.

This is a unique situation and that's why it could lead to a unique solution.

Cowboy Spring Notes
Schaffner and Dad Visit
A good looking athlete, wide receiver/tight end Scott Schaffner Jr. out of Raymore-Peculiar High School in Missouri was a visitor to practice on Monday. He was the only prospect in attendance.

Schaffner is listed at 6-4, 215 pounds, and has a 33-inch vertical, making him really tall when he needs to be. Last season he earned All-Metro honors in the Kansas City area with 30 receptions for 582 yards and six touchdowns.

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