May 16, 2013

What does Lunt's departure to do OSU at the QB position?

News broke last week of Wes Lunt's surprising departure from the Oklahoma State football team.

Lunt was thought of as the quarterback of the future for the Cowboys, and was expected to redshirt this season and play out his three years of eligibility by just about everyone outside of the program (Mike Gundy and his coaching staff never commented).

He might be the most attractive "free agent" for college football this offseason, but those in Stillwater are focusing on the present and the future, not what could have been.

So what does Lunt's departure do for OSU? To start, it isn't exactly a major hit this season. The sophomore was one of three QB's on the roster that one a game last season, so they aren't exactly razor-thin at the position. It was popular belief that Clint Chelf would be the starter for the Pokes this fall, anyway.

The problems that Lunt's departure cause won't be too evident this year, but they'll start to show when next year rolls around. The only quarterback from last season's revolving door at the position will be J.W. Walsh, who is thought of as a longshot to win the starting job outright due to subpar arm strength.

Since the news, a ton of fans have looked past Walsh at Daxx Garman's name. Garman began his career in 2011 at the University of Arizona, before transferring to OSU due to a coaching change in Tucson. He sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, and is heading into his sophomore year of eligibility this fall.

The downside with Garman is that he hasn't played since his junior year of high school. He was a top recruit in the 2011 recruiting class as one of the best pocket passers in the country, and transferred to Dallas-Fort Worth powerhouse Southlake Carroll High School, but was ruled ineligible and missed his senior year. He was then redshirted his only year at Arizona.

Another option is JUCO transfer Cody Peterson, who transferred in from Arizona Western. Peterson seems to be an even longer shot than Garman, as he didn't see hardly any action in the spring game while Garman was playing as the fourth quarterback on the depth chart. Peterson has an edge in height on Garman with about an inch extra, but there isn't much else known about him.

So when in discussion, Oklahoma State will be fine in 2013. They're the early favorite to take another Big 12 Championship, which would be their second after winning it in 2011, but have quite a bit of work to do on both sides of the ball.

As far as quarterbacks go, expect Chelf to be calling the plays when the Cowboys travel to Houston to face Mississippi State in the season opener.

But when next year comes around? There's no other way to describe it except for a complete toss up.


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