Orange-White Game Notebook

The Cowboy coaching staff was hoping to make a decision in the spring as to whether sophomore Alex Cate or redshirt freshman Brandon Weeden would be the backup quarterback to Zac Robinson. But after Saturday's spring game it appears that the competition will not be decided until the team reconvenes for fall practice.

Cate, who played the entire game as the White team quarterback, was 12 of 25 with one interception for 82 yards in the spring game. He also was sacked four times. Weeden, who played about half the game as Robinson's backup for the Orange squad, was 7 of 13 for 54 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown pass to Wilson Youman.

"I thought they handled the offense OK, but I wasn't real excited about the decisions they made when the ball was in their hands and they were moving, more Cate (than Weeden)," Gundy said.

"I think there were times he should have run the ball but it's a little unfair of me to evaluate him without watching the tape. Obviously they don't run like Zac does, but when you can pull the ball down and run for 8 or 10 yards, instead of forcing the ball into coverage, you need to run for 8 or 10 yards."

Gundy said the backup will be decided the first week or so of fall practice.

"Cate was ahead of Brandon before this scrimmage, and he may still be," Gundy said. "We'd like to get them reps in fall camp where Zac gets the majority, another guy gets some and the other guy gets a little.

"I would think within the first week (of fall practice) that we'll try to make a decision because they're not far enough along to split reps any more. They need work. I would think within the first six or eight practices that we'd need to make a decision, and let that guy start getting some twos."

Future Cowboys Watch From Stands
Two of the most interested observers Saturday were a pair of Oklahoma State signees this past February. Jamal Mosley of Memphis, Tenn., and Cooper Bassett of Tuttle, Okla., watched the Orange-White game with approximately 20,000 other Cowboy fans.

But come September, while the other 19,998 fans are cheering from the Boone Pickens Stadium stands, Mosley and Bassett may be on the field for the Cowboys. Both are tight ends and the Cowboys only had one tight end available for Saturday's Orange-White game in redshirt freshman Wilson Youman. All-Big 12 Conference tight end Brandon Pettigrew was held out of the game with a hand injury.

And although Youman caught three passes for 53 yards, and scored one of the game's two touchdowns (on a 31-yard reception from Zac Robinson, both Mosley and Bassett will have an opportunity to play the minute they set foot on campus this summer.

"Brandon not working much in the spring (because of the injury) really benefitted him. (Although) he may have set a record today for the most drops for one scrimmage," OSU head coach Mike Gundy said. "He's coming along, and he'll develop more and be a better player in August because of all the work he got right now.

"There's a really good chance that we'll play a freshman tight end. It depends upon how they develop," Gundy continued. "It just depends upon how well they pick the system up, and how strong they are. We'd like to play one freshman tight end, and bring him along. Maybe it's two. It just depends upon how they develop."

Also Visiting Were …
There also were a number of visitors who will be high school seniors this next year, and could eventually be members of the OSU Class of 2009.

Those visitors included tight end tight end Taylor McBane (Savanna, Okla.), safety Zed Evans (Seagoville, Texas), tight end/defensive end Gabe Ikard (OKC McGuinness), linebacker/running back James Ervin (Nagadoches, Texas), offensive lineman Gavin Howard, (Owasso), offensive lineman Nick Ash (Keller, Texas), linebacker Anthony Morales (Edmond, Okla.), wide receiver Trey Ewing (Oklahoma City), defensive tackle Trent Dupy (Enid, Okla.), quarterback Clint Chelf (Enid, Okla.), offensive lineman Kyle Clark (Denton, Texas), and offensive lineman Randle Arbuckle (Canadian, Texas).

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