Cowboys’ quarterback derby coming to a close

Arguably the greatest quarterback in school history, Brandon Weeden has left some enormous shoes to fill for the Oklahoma St. Cowboys. After sizing up the candidates to be his successor in yesterday’s spring game, the best fit doesn’t seem clear.

Is it fourth-year junior Clint Chelf, Weeden’s experienced understudy? What about redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh, whose mobility potentially adds a little spice to the offensive attack? Then there’s talented early enrollee Wes Lunt, the most talented of the bunch.

Take a look at their passing numbers from yesterday’s scrimmage and you tell me if you see any separation:

  • Chelf: 18-of-31 (58.0%), 212 yards, 2 TDs
  • Walsh: 16-of-27 (59.3%), 310 yards, 2 TDs
  • Lunt: 15-of-23 (65.2%), 215 yards, 2 TDs

If we’re going on cool-sounding names alone, J.W. Walsh wins in a landslide. Otherwise, it looks as though we’re heading to a photo finish.

Or are we?

Mike Gundy apparently has no intention to let this race run on into the fall. That, or he has seen something in practice that didn’t show through in yesterday’s game, because Gundy says he’s announcing his starter on Wednesday. To me, that suggests his mind is all but made up.

Frankly, if Chelf and Walsh couldn’t beat him out this spring, why not roll with the rookie? Don’t be surprised if Lunt is leading the Cowboys onto the field come fall.