Oklahoma State football: As coach's son, J.W. Walsh can make adjustments quicker

OSU coach Mike Gundy said: “One thing you've got to remember … he played at a high level of football in Texas. He's a coach's kid.”
by John Helsley Published: September 23, 2012


photo - Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh (4) rushes for a touchdown as Louisiana-Lafayette's Delvin Jones (7) tries to tackle him during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh (4) rushes for a touchdown as Louisiana-Lafayette's Delvin Jones (7) tries to tackle him during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Talks on seeing through disguises in coverages.

Talks aimed at instilling confidence that inspires faith and trust in teammates.

Talks contributing to a sixth sense of sorts that tells a QB when to take off and scramble for key gains when the pocket collapses.

“It's almost second nature,” Walsh said, “being able to know enough and to have enough football ingenuity to make some of those plays.”

The sample size is small — one game — but the response by Walsh was big. And the redshirt freshman revealed many of the intangibles frequently associated with being a coach's son.

He even talks like a coach: calculated and restrained. Rather than rejoice in his performance against the Ragin' Cajuns, Walsh picked it apart.

“There's always thing on film you're going to critique yourself on, the little things — you didn't make the right read, or you didn't make the best throw you had,” he said. “You've got to watch the film and make those corrections.”

Watching film wasn't completely critical for Walsh. There was some fun in it, too.

“There were lots of things that made me smile,” Walsh said. “When you come away with a victory like that and the way the whole team played, it's just fun to look back on it. There will be good memories to look back on in the future.”

Spoken like a coach's son.

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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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