The most popular topic surrounding Oklahoma State this week continues to be the quarterback position, with starter Wes Lunt doubtful to play in Saturday's Big 12 opener against No. 12 Texas because of a knee injury — despite coach Mike Gundy hinting that Lunt could practice by the end of the week — and J.W. Walsh likely to make his first-career start against the Longhorns.
But to offensive lineman Lane Taylor and running back Jeremy Smith, it doesn't really matter who is taking snaps.
“They just tell us to block, and we just block,” Taylor said. “It doesn't really change much of what we do. They just call the play, and we try to perform.”
Added Smith: “We're pretty much just like, ‘Give us the ball.'”
Lunt has completed 68 percent of his passes for 588 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in, essentially, five quarters of work. Walsh has completed 66.7 percent of his throws for 496 yards, six touchdowns and one interception and directed an offense that put up a school-record 742 total yards in its last game against Louisiana-Lafayette.
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Saturday night's game in Stillwater is a much-anticipated Big 12 contest. But it's only the beginning of a tough road for UT, especially the Longhorns' defense.
After OSU, the Longhorns face three more of the conference's high-powered offenses in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Baylor. All of those teams rank in the top 30 in the nation in scoring offense and total offense.
“If we're going to show what type of team we are,” safety Kenny Vaccaro told the Austin American-Statesman, “it's going to be in these next few weeks.”
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