Cate Leaving OSU Football Program

The Tulsa World is reporting that Oklahoma State senior quarterback Alex Cate is leaving the program. Multiple sources confirmed that the Salt Lake City, Utah, native was indeed no longer with the Cowboys program but declined to elaborate any further and said that we should expect a release from the Oklahoma State Media Relations Office sometime in the near future.

Cate has been a solid member of the program since committing to the Cowboys and signing as part of the 2006 recruiting class, Mike Gundy's second recruiting class.

Cate got his first chance to start at quarterback this season in the ESPN Thursday night game with Colorado. With starter Zac Robinson out following his head-on collision with Texas Tech cornerback Jamar Wall, Cate drew the starting assignment and played the first half going 0-for-9 with one interception before being relieved at halftime.

Brandon Weeden came on in the second half and led the Cowboys to a come-from-behind victory. The game really sealed the pecking order at quarterback following Robinson's graduation.

Cate has never caused problems at backup quarterback, a position that is sometimes tough. His career stats are 4-of-14 passing for 56 yards with one interception. He also has rushed nine times for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Cate would have been a fifth-year senior this coming season after redshirting the 2006 season. He is an economics major academically.

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