Johnny Deaton is transferring to another school, leaving Oklahoma State with just three scholarship quarterbacks on campus - including Brandon Weeden. The other two left to compete for the role of backup are Clint Chelf and JW Walsh.
Chelf is an athletic, 6-1 192 pound sophomore from Enid. As a redshirt freshman, he saw action in five games. His best outing was a 8-11, 165 yard, 2 TD performance against Tulsa. The other four games he played in were mostly hand off hand off hand off knee performances.
Opposite Chelf is heralded Denton Guyer recruit JW Walsh. The 6-1, 190 Walsh was absolutely the best QB in Texas last year and he's been on campus since January. He hasn't played a single down in college, outside of the spring game, but even then he showed signs of brilliance. The kid is clearly the quarterback of the future at Oklahoma State.
Many people thought he would take a redshirt this season, but with the return of Weeden and the departure of Deaton it's likely he'll suit up - and be ready to play if needed.
One thing is certain. The experience this season provides for Walsh will be invaluable for his development as a college quarterback and as the future leader of this team.
Let's just hope he's not thrust into the role any sooner than he has to be.