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August 3, 2013

OSU starting QB remains a mystery

STILLWATER, Okla. — Mike Gundy would likely have named a starting quarterback by now if Oklahoma State opened the season again with Savannah State.

The Cowboys instead face Mississippi State in Houston on Aug. 31.

The tougher season-opening opponent has caused Gundy to take a more secretive approach when it comes to his quarterback situation.

Gundy has held off on naming either senior Clint Chelf of Enid, or sophomore J.W. Walsh as his starter, and neither quarterback was made available during Saturday’s media day.

“I would probably say it’s a pretty good chance,” Gundy said when asked if he would have already named a starter if his season opener was against Savannah State instead of an SEC opponent like Mississippi State.

Gundy had no reason to be tight-lipped heading into last fall. The Cowboys rushed for a school-record nine touchdowns and had little trouble cruising to an 84-0 win over Savannah State to open the 2012 season.

The approach is much different a year later as Oklahoma State’s coaches prepare to face Mississippi State in a game Gundy knows will impact the national perception of his team.

“What it forces us to do is to pick the pace up a little bit, a week to 10 days earlier than what we would want to in preseason camp,” Gundy said.

“And that’s really the challenge is that we have to do a good job as coaches of giving them enough to be prepared for the first game, but not so much it affects them later in the year.”

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