It’s almost here, folks. We have nearly reached the end of a long offseason. Two weeks from today, the Cowboys kick off the 2018 college football season against Missouri State in the house that Boone Pickens built.
To help count down to kick-off, we’ll be using the number of days left to showcase some aspect of this 2018 Cowboy football team. So, with today being 14 days out from the Cowboys taking the field, let’s discuss the changing of the guard at quarterback with #14 Taylor Cornelius.
Now I’ll be honest, it’s going to be pretty weird not seeing #2 in shotgun for the Pokes this season. But, Taylor Cornelius is a familiar face that is more than capable of being a successful starter this season. After three years behind one of best quarterbacks in OSU history, Cornelius has to have learned a lot. Not only that, but being in a program for three years, having learned all of the ins-and-outs, and knowing the playbook front and back, has to bode well for him.
When it was first announced that CornDog was going to be the guy, it was a bit of a surprise because normally Gundy is fairly tight-lipped when it comes to quarterback battles and waits until fall camp is underway. He didn’t exactly come out and say it, but the fact that he even came close during Big 12 Media Days says something.
This shows the confidence that Gundy has in Cornelius, even though Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders are both talented and capable quarterbacks as well.
His teammates are also behind him, which is a big deal:
By all accounts Taylor Cornelius looked good in his debut practice as #OKState starting QB. WR Tyron Johnson (@_TBJXIII) & DE Jordan Brailford (@Jbrailford2) left impressed with him. pic.twitter.com/1lKLTjP75Q— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) August 3, 2018
Cornelius is definitely the safest pick of the top three quarterbacks on the depth chart. The safe pick is not always the best pick, but in this case I think Cornelius can lead the Cowboys to what, to a lot of people, would be a surprisingly successful season. He has a star at running back in Justice Hill, an embarrassment of riches at wide receiver, and despite some question marks, a better offensive line than Mason Rudolph ever played behind.
With Cornelius as the starter for the Cowboys, this is an 8-9 win team that goes to a bowl game for a 13th straight season. In what is a definite retooling year, that is a success. I’d love to see Spencer Sanders back there, along with much of the fan base, but Cornelius could be the answer for this season.