Mike Gundy explains how Alan Bowman won OSU’s quarterback battle

Mike Gundy explains how Alan Bowman won OSU’s quarterback battle

For the first time this season, Mike Gundy shared in advance who will start for OSU at quarterback. He says the competition is over, assuming something odd doesn’t happen.

Sam Hutchens

By Sam Hutchens

| Oct 9, 2023, 1:55pm CDT

Sam Hutchens

By Sam Hutchens

Oct 9, 2023, 1:55pm CDT

STILLWATER — Alan Bowman is Oklahoma State’s starting quarterback, Mike Gundy said Monday.

That announcement at Gundy’s weekly press conference marked the first time Oklahoma State’s head coach has declared a starter before a game.

“When we were trying to minimize negative-yardage plays we thought (starting Bowman) gave us the best chance,” Gundy said.

Bowman stated his case to be the starter Friday night, leading the Cowboys to a 29-21 win against Kansas State. He was 19-for-35 for 235 yards. He’d been competing with Gunnar Gundy and Garret Rangel.

“(Bowman) has been good in practice,” Gundy said. “They’ve all been good. The tough part for us right now is the other two didn’t really do anything to not play. But he’s practiced really well. We felt like his experience, and him seeing things a little quicker based on repetitions in his career, gives him a chance to get rid of the ball a little earlier than the other two guys.”

So is the competition officially closed?

“There would have to be something odd happen (to keep the competition open),” Gundy said. “There’s not a reason for us to do something.”

OSU prepares to face Kansas’ Jason Bean

Now it’s OSU’s turn to be unsure which opposing quarterback will start.

Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels, the Big 12 preseason player of the year, is questionable going into the game against OSU. The junior has missed Kansas’ past two games with a lingering back injury. In those two games, KU lost to Texas and beat UCF.

Jason Bean, a senior, has been filling in.

“We have to prepare for Bean,” Gundy said. “I don’t know what’s going on with Jalon Daniels. But he’s not been out there in a couple weeks.”

Like Daniels, Bean is a dual-threat quarterback who is a threat to run. Bean has rushed the ball 19 times for 91 yards this season.

I don’t know that they change a lot when Bean is in there,” Gundy said. “They’re going to do the same stuff in my opinion. Now he might bring a few things to the table differently but we have to prepare for the guy who has been out there for the past two weeks.”

Pre-snap motion OSU’s key to feeding Brennan Presley

Brennan Presley’s minimal offensive involvement was a talking point before the Kansas State game, and Gundy emphasized it again Monday.

“(Presley) needs to touch the ball more,” Gundy said. “We’ve talked about this. A detached offensive player from the box that is isolated out there, it’s difficult to say you’re going to get the ball to him.”

Gundy estimated Presley was in motion for 20 of 75 plays against the Wildcats. That practice produced four catches for 40 yards, and Presley’s three-yard competition to Bowman on a trick play. He also had a season-high two rushing attempts. That combined with a kick return for a total of eight touches.

Presley, a senior receiver, got five combined touches in OSU’s previous two games.

“(Putting Presley in motion) helps us incorporate his ability in the game,” Gundy said. “Simple as that. Somehow, get the ball to him six or eight times a game. If you just put him out there and set him there, (defenses) can set coverages to him.”

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Sam Hutchens covers Oklahoma State sport for Sellout Crowd. He interned for The Stillwater News Press in 2021 and The Guthrie News Leader in 2022, where he won a first-place OPA award for in-depth reporting. He has also covered sports in southwest Oklahoma for The Lawton Constitution. He strives to tell you the OSU sports stories that you want to tell your friends about. You can email him at [email protected] and connect on Twitter (X) @Sam_Hutchens_

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