Senior quarterback Taylor Cornelius is Oklahoma State’s starter — for now.
Coach Mike Gundy previously said Cornelius would be the starter if the season started tomorrow.
Gundy upgraded those comments, however, to he’s “won the job” on Wednesday, according to Tulsa World’s Mark Cooper.
“Taylor’s won the job, so I don’t think there’s any reason to debate that,” Gundy told the Tulsa World. “Coming out of spring, he’s the guy that’s got the most experience, and he’s played well enough that if we were to play next week, he’d be the guy.”
Keondre Wudtee is presumably out of the running for the starting gig. But it’d be naive to think incoming freshman Spencer Sanders and Hawaii graduate transfer Dru Brown won’t get an opportunity to push Cornelius for his spot.
Cornelius saw limited action as Mason Rudolph’s primary backup in 2016 and 2017.
The Bushland, Texas, native appeared in four games last season. He didn’t throw any touchdowns, but he did score on a 40-yard scamper against Baylor on Oct. 14, 2017.
Gundy has previously said that Cornelius is a bit more athletic than Rudolph, but still provides a big body at quarterback.
Cornelius’ biggest test now will be fending off Brown and Sanders.
Sanders might be in line for a redshirt season, but Brown should be the hungriest of Cornelius’ competitors with only one year of eligibility remaining.
Gundy has plenty of time to decide on a permanent starter, and Oklahoma State’s schedule in September should give the winner of the starting job enough time to ease into the position.
Oklahoma State opens its 2018 campaign with FCS foe Missouri State on Sept. 1.