So, for the time being, Clint Chelf is the starting quarterback for the Oklahoma State Cowboys this coming season. Considering how strongly he finished last season, it’s very understandable.
It took Wes Lunt and J.W. Walsh suffering injuries before Clint Chelf was awarded his chance to prove himself worthy as starting quarterback, and he made the most of the opportunity by being on top of his game. Chelf is very talented, he performed impressively in his stretch last year. Having J.W. Walsh as a backup could serve the Pokes well because he is multi-dimensional. Any defense will recognize that as a big threat.
J.W. Walsh is not only a great passer, but a great runner … this is why I stated in a previous post that I believe he should be the starting quarterback. However, I understand the decision of starting Chelf. While Chelf is not as much of a dual threat, defenses will not react easily to a spur of the moment substitution when Walsh takes Chelf’s place whether it be in the red zone or, quite frankly, anywhere on the field for that matter. This is designed to throw the opposing team off balance, and it should work like a charm, if executed correctly.
Starting Chelf could also prove to be beneficial by giving Wes Lunt time to watch and learn more, not to mention giving him a better chance of staying healthy. Lunt will be needed when the Cowboys lose depth at the quarterback position in seasons to come. Wes Lunt made the most costly mistakes out of all three quarterbacks last season, which is not surprising from a freshman, but allowing him to “peep game” will give him an edge when it’s time for coach Gundy to put him in. Cowboys fans should be comfortable with this decision, and ready for a better season than last.