What's Next At Quarterback, Running Back?

Not much has changed since Saturday. I'm convinced that J.W. Walsh's competitive determination was his own worst enemy when he threw his second interception of the day in the end zone to TCU free safety Elisha Olabode. Walsh had fumbled the play before and he was intent on making a play even if it wasn't there, and it wasn't on the throw to Tracy Moore in double coverage in the end zone.

Clint Chelf came in and eventually clicked in the second half, and was involved in two potential scoring drives, one that ended in a Jeremy Smith fumble and the other that did finish with a Rennie Childs touchdown run.

Here's what is really clear to me, the Cowboys wide receivers and especially Josh Stewart are the most explosive playmakers on offense at this point. Thje Cowboys must have quarterback play that is efficient in getting the ball into the hands of Tracy Moore, Charlie Moore, Jhajuan Seales, Brandon Sheperd, Marcel Ateman, and, when he returns, Blake Jackson.

It is not an easy decision but at this point, if it were mine, I would have Clint Chelf get first team reps this week and prepare to start.

I would have J.W. Walsh get the second team reps and prepare as well as if he will play. I would also inject Daxx Garman and get him ready with what reps he can get in practice.

I fully understand the significance or throwing in a quarterback that has never taken a snap in a college game, and for that matter has not taken a meaningful snap since his junior year in high school. However, Garman has a live arm and you might need it to get the wide receivers in the best position to make plays. I would look for an opportunity to get his feet wet and just see what his response would be.

Meanwhile, Mason Rudolph, the quarterback commitment from Rock Hill (Northwestern), S.C., had a front row seat Saturday and was able to see what his future opportunity is.

Now as for running back, as much as this may cause some to scream bloody murder, I would not start Rennie Childs next Saturday in Ames, Iowa, but I would get him ready to play and play a heavy dose.

Childs showed he can come in and run hard, really hard, and be effective. I would also hope that his youthful enthusiasm and fire to run the football would inspire all around him including senior Jeremy Smith.

You need at least three backs to be successful in this offense, and share the load. Don't throw Childs to the wolves. Let Chirs Grisbhy get back healthy this week and back at right tackle to see if the offensive line plan is more successful. Let Childs continue to develop and gain confidence. Find out how much fire there is for Smith and Desmond Roland and fan the flames some.

At the end of the day be thankful that this Oklahoma State football team has a resolute defense as a backbone that is allowing this team to filter through a lot of problems and look for answers while still being able to go 5-1 and stay in contention for the Big 12 Championship and a really good bowl game. It has not been pretty and it has not been normal but 5-1 still allows you to reach all of your goals.

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