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Oklahoma State football: No one saw this coming out of backup quarterback J.W. Walsh

OSU FOOTBALL — Mike Gundy didn't see this coming from backup quarterback J.W. Walsh. Same for offensive coordinator Todd Monken. “Some of the plays he makes today, you don't see in practice,” Monken said.
by John Helsley Published: September 15, 2012

J.W. Walsh officially introduced himself Saturday.

And it was a grand introduction to OSU's fans.

And to Cowboys coaches, too.

With quarterback Wes Lunt down and then out less than two minutes into a designated bounce-back game for the Cowboys, Walsh was called into service against Louisiana-Lafayette in a scoreless contest.

This wasn't mopup duty against Savannah State. Or the gimmick failed fourth-down run at Arizona.

This was real.

And frankly, outside of maybe receiver Josh Stewart, his old running pal at Denton's Guyer High, nobody knew what to expect from Walsh.

Practices and scrimmages hadn't revealed the best of the redshirt freshman.

Saturday's big stage did.

Walsh, entering amid seemingly dire circumstances, directed the Cowboys to a 44-0 halftime lead and on to a 65-24 win that eased all the uh-oh thoughts slicing through the silence when Lunt was sprawled holding his knee on the Boone Pickens Stadium turf.

Walsh completed 21-of-30 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns and added 73 yards and another score rushing.

Who knew?

Not Mike Gundy.

“He had a couple practices in the spring where he was really good, early,” Gundy said. “But this is a complete different setting, because practice and scrimmages are one thing… this counts.”

Not offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

“Some of the plays he makes today,” Monken said, “you don't see in practice.”

Like Walsh's 13-yard scramble on a third-and-9 play, extending an eventual touchdown drive that boosted OSU's lead to 17-0. Like Walsh's 36-yard scamper away from pressure on a march to a 51-7 lead, capped by Walsh's 4-yard scoring run on a designed keeper.

Recruited at the end of the Zac Robinson era, Walsh suddenly found himself as a leg man in the armed attack OSU converted for Brandon Weeden and has now maintained with Lunt.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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