Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was candid when discussing the Cowboys’ current quarterback battle.
Oklahoma State’s season opener vs. Missouri State is still months away. But if Oklahoma State played today, rising senior Taylor Cornelius would likely be the starter.
“Cornelius is doing great. Wudtee, he’s doing good,” Gundy said during a media session in a video courtesy of KFOR’s Nate Feken. “If we went out there and played today, [Cornelius] would be the guy.”
— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) March 31, 2018
Cornelius makes sense considering he was now-former Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph’s backup last season. He only played sparingly, but he still has the most game experience in Oklahoma State’s offense of any candidate.
Rising sophomore Keondre Wudtee has ground to make up, but his name consistently comes up for the starting quarterback job. The edge both he and Cornelius have over other quarterbacks is a full spring in Stillwater, Okla.
Incoming freshman Spencer Sanders and Hawai’i graduate transfer Dru Brown won’t arrive until the summer. The two newcomers still could be viable options.
Sanders was one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the 2018 class, and he could compete for early playing time. Although, it’d be reasonable for Gundy to want to redshirt Sanders before throwing him into the fire.
Brown, on the other hand, has FBS game experience with Hawai’i and could bring a unique skillset.