The Other Sider: OSU Cowboys

To help breakdown the teams on Texas' 2012 schedule, HornsNation will be conducting Q&As with the opposing team's beat writers to get a more in-depth look at that opponent.

To get more information on the Cowboys, Carter Strickland spoke to The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) beat writer Gina Mizell:

Carter Strickland: No. 1: The obvious layup question of the day when it comes to Oklahoma State has to be about the quarterbacks. Mike Gundy made a lot of noise this spring when he named a true freshman, Wes Lunt, his starter. Texas fans know how that usually goes, so what makes Gundy think Lunt is ready for the Big 12?

GM: Lunt was always regarded as the best fit to run Oklahoma State's spread offense because his body and skill set most resemble Brandon Weeden. He sports a 6-4, 210-pound frame and has a very strong arm. But he progressed more quickly than I think anyone anticipated -- Cowboys OC Todd Monken said the week before spring football began that he would be "stunned" if Lunt won the job -- as far as picking up the offense.

He looked better and better as the spring went along and, by the last week or so, was making some excellent throws (and apparently the right reads, too). He also turned the ball over the least of the three quarterbacks during scrimmages. Gundy and Monken also really like his calm demeanor, which is another way he compares to Weeden. I think everyone expected that Lunt would ultimately be the answer at quarterback, since he most fits the system, but Gundy thinks he gives the Cowboys the best chance to win now.

With that said, I fully expect J.W. Walsh to be involved in the offense somehow. He's a terrific athlete and a fiery competitor that can bring a different dimension to the offense that Lunt can't. I expect there to be a special package built for Walsh with both running and throwing plays.