May 29, 2013

Yurcich has made a two-QB system work before

It's no secret that Oklahoma State had trouble at the quarterback position last year due to injuries.

They finished the season with three passers that threw for over 1,000 yards in 2012, and return two this fall.

Last season, it was Todd Monken at the offensive coordinator position trying to figure out a solution to the problem week in and week out, but he's long gone to Mississippi, and it's Mike Yurcich's problem now.

Wes Lunt's transfer may have made it a little easier in the immediate future, as it virtually guaranteed Clint Chelf as the starter, but that leaves another talented quarterback on the bench that's a proven winner in J.W. Walsh. Monken knew this last season, and implemented a package for Walsh on short-yardage situations that worked pretty well.

Some thought Yurcich may be in over his head when he was hired for the position from Shippensburgh University, a school that no one in Stillwater has probably even heard of. But the new hire has run an offense before, and he's even experienced with the quarterback situation.

In fact, he did it last season.

Shippenburgh's starting quarterback, Zach Zulli, threw for 4747 yards and 54 touchdowns in 2012, and added another 224 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. He's a 6'2, 188-pound signal caller, which is eerily similar to the 6'1, 210-pound Chelf at Oklahoma State. Zulli started every game for the Red Raiders last season, but so did Chris Lawshe.

Yurcich has been quoted saying that his quarterbacks will run, and it's exactly what Zulli and Lawshe did last season. The backup, a freshman in 2012, ran for 251 yards and 5 touchdowns while adding another 206 yards and 2 scores through the air and seeing time in all thirteen games.

Two quarterbacks? How is that possible?

To make it even better, Lawshe is listed at 6'3, 211-pounds on Shippensburgh's website. Walsh? 6'2, 205-pounds.

It's a key point in what's going on at Oklahoma State right now, though some of the pressure has been relieved at the quarterback position. Yurcich handled it last year, pushing his team to an 11-2 record, including a 10-game winning streak.

So can he do it at Oklahoma State? The size of the stage is obviously quite a bit larger, but X's and O's don't change in football.

Yurcich has made it work before, and he's likely in an office somewhere in Boone Pickens Stadium scheming how to make it work again.

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