Wealth of former QBs gives OSU lots of options
BY JIMMIE TRAMEL World Sports Writer
Thursday, August 23, 2012
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STILLWATER - Oklahoma State will use multiple quarterbacks this season.
That isn't breaking news. And you didn't miss any sort of announcement.
For instance, Mike Gundy hasn't announced that freshman quarterback Wes Lunt will be rotating with anyone, although OSU coaches have talked about putting together some sort of package to take advantage of backup quarterback J.W. Walsh's feet.
Lunt is the starter, period.
So what's the multiple quarterback thing all about?
It's true the Cowboys will use more than one "quarterback" this season. It's just that they will use them at positions other than quarterback.
It's typical for high school programs to put their best athlete at quarterback and, when it's time to be recruited, those players are projected to play other positions.
In addition to actual quarterbacks on OSU's roster, the Cowboys have many players on the depth chart who played quarterback while in high school. Among them:
- Justin Gilbert. A starting cornerback, Gilbert ran for more than 1,000 yards and passed for 800 more during his senior year in Huntsville, Texas. Texas Football ranked him among the top 20 QB prospects in the state. But the defensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl continues to blossom as a corner and could have an NFL future.
- Charlie Moore. OSU categorized Moore as "athlete" when he signed a letter of intent. Moore threw for nearly 2,000 yards during his senior year in Bullard, Texas. He had been relatively quiet at his collegiate position - receiver - until exploding (nine catches, 243 yards, three TDs) in the spring game.
- Jeremy Seaton. A walk-on from Cashion, Seaton was an all-district QB who collected 40 total touchdowns (rushing and passing) during his senior year of high school. Now the 6-foot-2, 247-pound redshirt freshman is on the two-deep at tight end.
- Torrance Carr. A do-everything player, Carr was his team's leading passer and second-leading rusher as a senior at Richardson High School in Texas. He was named a district offensive player of the year. He redshirted his freshman year at OSU and was competing for a starting receiver spot before suffering a preseason injury.
- Nick Rockwell. A two-time all-district MVP quarterback at Fort Worth Dunbar, Rockwell came to OSU as a walk-on defensive back. He converted to receiver in the spring of 2010 and was recently awarded a scholarship.
- Jonovan Griffin. A dual threat quarterback at Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas, Griffin set a school career record for all-purpose yards and was the MVP of his district. He redshirted as a collegiate rookie last season and now is a reserve cornerback for the Cowboys.
- Joe Mitchell. OSU recruited Mitchell as a safety, but he played quarterback as a senior at Morton Ranch High School in Katy, Texas, and produced more than 1,000 yards on the ground and in the air. Mitchell, a 6-3, 225-pound junior, has grown into a linebacker and made 12 tackles in a game against Tulsa last season. He provides depth behind Shaun Lewis.
- Kye Staley. A senior fullback, Staley does blue-collar work for the Cowboys. But he did a little of everything in high school, playing quarterback, running back, receiver and defensive back while helping Guthrie to a state championship. Credit Staley for finding a new niche after sustaining a major knee injury in 2009.
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Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert is one of several former high school quarterbacks on the Cowboys' roster. MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World file