With his starting quarterback already out with an injury Saturday, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy watched backup J.W. Walsh absorbing frequent blows against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Walsh not only ran fearlessly into several brutal collisions on scrambles, he took more hits in the pocket, including two that were flagged for personal fouls on the Ragin’ Cajuns.
So, time to temper Walsh’s aggressiveness?
“I think we’re always concerned, but J.W. has to play to his strengths,” Gundy said. “And part of his strength is to run the ball. At times he’ll pull it down and run it, that’s an extra dimension that he gives us. He’s got to continue to work and improve throwing the ball, but that extra aspect is his ability to pull it down and run.”
Still, wouldn’t it be prudent for Walsh to slide and avoid punishment at the end of some of those runs?
“Not right now,” Gundy said. “I like that he’s aggressive. He did it all through high school and did it out here (against ULL). He didn’t even blink twice and they threw some good shots at him.
“I just don’t want to take his stinger away. I want him to play the way he’s played throughout his career. There may be a point where we discuss that, but right now he just needs to play the game.”