The season-opening matchup between Washington State and Oklahoma State features an interesting storyline between the two starting quarterbacks. On one side, a sophomore with starting experience takes the field. On the other, a 26 year-old quarterback with 27 career passes under his belt.
Vince Grippi, of the Spokesman-Review, takes a look at the striking differences between the two.
Brandon Weeden’s led him into the grow-up-fast world of minor league baseball, a playground of pressure he experienced for five years. Jeff Tuel’s was put away in high school, giving him more time to develop as a football player.
And, despite a seven-year difference in age, their paths converge Saturday, as both will be holding down the most critical position in college football.
They’ll be the starting quarterbacks for their schools, Weeden making his first for Oklahoma State and Tuel, younger but more experienced, his sixth for WSU.
There’s no doubt Weeden has the athletic prowess to capably play the part for the Cowboys. What he doesn’t have is starting experience at the college-level. Can he handle the pressure while playing in a non-garbage time situation?
Check out both of these quarterbacks in action Saturday at 4 p.m.
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