Oklahoma State Football: Colorado State QB Mulling Transfer to Stillwater


The Oklahoma State football team is apparently a top landing spot choice for Colorado State redshirt freshman and Broken Arrow native Coleman Key.

According to OSU beat writer John Helsley of The Oklahoman, Key is planning on leaving the Rams after their bowl game against Nevada in the Arizona Bowl. Key and Colorado State are apparently on good terms, as he’s been granted a full release from the team, and could enroll at Oklahoma State in January if everything pans out.

“He’s still part of this team,” said CSU coach Mike Bobo. “We still love Coleman.”

Key, a pro-style QB, was originally recruited by Jim McElwain, (who later left Ft. Collins to take the Florida head coaching job,) and lost the quarterback competition to current starter Nick Stevens. In six appearances this season, the 6-4, 220 lb QB completed 21 of 44 passes for 251 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. During his senior season at Broken Arrow, Key threw for 2,628 yards and 29 touchdowns, both school records.

The Cowboy coaches have been in search of another 2016 quarterback commitment after losing longtime commitment Nick Starkel a few weeks ago.

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The team is currently set to enter the spring with two scholarship quarterbacks in Mason Rudolph and redshirt freshman John Kolar. Taylor Cornelius remains a walk-on, and J.W. Walsh’s status for 2016 is up in the air, as he’ll have to apply for an injury waiver for an extra season if he desires.

While Key might not seem like such an exciting addition to the roster at this time, it’s worth keeping in mind what the Cowboys have done with other unheralded quarterbacks in the past. Besides, Cornelius has proven that he can play, and John Kolar is a four-star recruit who is finishing up his first season roaming the sidelines while watching one of the top quarterbacks in the conference finish up his own first full season behind center. If anything, Key will provide depth and experience, which is always a good thing.