Will OSU backup quarterback J.W. Walsh's performance against Louisiana-Lafayette create a quarterback controversy when starter Wes Lunt gets healthy again?
Didn't they put up 700 yards. I mean J.W. Walsh, welcome to the show! It depends on what happens from here on out. It depends on if Walsh puts up similar performances and keeps going. He may force it where you can't make the change. It almost becomes when Tom Brady stepped in for Drew Bledsoe that he played at such a level that I felt like (New England coach) Bill Belichick said, “I just can't go back.” Will Walsh continue to play to this level? If the team continues to move, if they're playing real well, they may look at Wes Lunt and say, “Hey, let's wait until you're fully healthy.” We have to see it play out first. That was a tremendous, tremendous performance, but that was one game so far.
What's it like working with Gus Johnson? I know he gets excited at times.
It's really terrific. Here's the thing. You look at all those great calls that he's made along the way, those memorable calls. Obviously the NCAA tournament really blew him up in a big way. You know what it's like the big moment happens and you're waiting for the signature call. All those things are fantastic. But what I don't want to overlook for him as his partner is No. 1, he's very intelligent about the game. I learn something each and every week we're in the booth together. No. 2, he understands big moment versus non-big moment. A lot of times when there's criticism of a guy who's enthusiastic in calling a game, it's that there's no governor. A two-yard run in the first quarter elicits the same response as a 60-yard touchdown where the guy wove through the defense. Gus isn't like that. If it's not a big moment and it's not a real impact on the game, he's not hitting it the same way.