Report: Reid Is QB Starter; Donovan To Safety

Bobby Reid will be the starting quarterback and Donovan Woods has accepted a move to strong safety on defense, KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City reported Saturday evening. The television report stated that Reid took all the snaps in Saturday's practice in Stillwater with the first team offense and that Woods spent all of his practice time on defense at safety.

We attempted to reach head coach Mike Gundy but were unsuccessful. However, we did check with other sources inside the OSU program that confirmed the story.

Reid and Woods had been sharing the quarterback position throughout preseason workouts in August, and had both taken turns operating the offense in the first two games – victories over Montana State and Florida Atlantic. However, in those two games the success on offense has been limited with most of it coming on the ground. As a team Oklahoma State only completed 50 percent of the passes thrown in the first two games. The good news was that the Cowboys had not thrown an interception, but there was just one touchdown pass - a Wood-to-Woods (D'Juan) hook up in the 15-10 win over Montana State.

Reid, a 6-3, 225-pound redshirt freshman out of Galena Park North Shore in Texas, has completed 5-of-12 passes for 69 yards in the first two games. Reid has run for 130 yards on 15 carries. Reid came to Oklahoma State as one of the top 10 quarterbacks nationally in his senior season of high school and was a product of the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp.

Woods, a 6-2, 220-pound redshirt sophomore out of Millwood High School in Oklahoma City Millwood, had completed 17-of-32 passing for 163 yards and the one touchdown. Woods had also rushed for 13 times for 63 yards. Last season in a different offense, Woods started every game in the Cowboys' 7-5 Alamo Bowl season completing 97-of-187 passes for 1,628 yards, the most passing yards ever by a freshman quarterback at Oklahoma State.

There has been constant speculation throughout the preseason and the first two weeks of the season that a quarterback would eventually be named or revealed through the play on the field. Oklahoma State fans, at least the more vocal ones, have spoken up in favor of Reid, but it is a certainty that head coach Mike Gundy, offensive coordinator Larry Fedora and the offensive staff made this decision based on their observations and opinions and not on the opinions of fans.

As for how quickly Donovan Woods can get actively involved in the defense, the guess would be pretty quick based on his intelligence and work ethic. Woods did play defense in high school and was a very effective player on that side of the ball.

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