STILLWATER — Surveying the schedule back before the season began, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken envisioned two early off weeks as an opportunity to polish freshman quarterback Wes Lunt.
The theory still holds, only for a different freshman quarterback: J.W. Walsh.
Under normal circumstances, two non-playing Saturdays within a three-week window is far from ideal. But this is no ordinary situation, with Lunt's knee injury forcing Oklahoma State to accelerate Walsh's comfort in the offense.
And the time off is a major benefit for Walsh.
“Oh yeah,” Monken said. “He'll have had four weeks of practice and really only played one game.”
Potentially four weeks of practices as the starter, resulting in a heavy share of the reps, which he never enjoyed at OSU until Lunt went out.
Lunt's return to football activities appear to be getting closer by the day.
“We got Wes out here now in pads and he threw some today,” Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said Tuesday. “I would expect him to be in drills tomorrow. I thought (our medical personnel) were going to put him in drills today and they just decided to let him throw.
“We'll just let him play and see how he recovers. But I think he's doing very well.”
Still, being ready for drills in a controlled environment and being ready to roll away from blitzing linebackers isn't the same. And with a short practice week that carries only through Thursday — before players are released for the weekend — and the struggling Kansas Jayhawks up next, there's an obvious question of whether the Cowboys even need Lunt to press to get back.