Oklahoma State football: Cowboys praise J.W. Walsh's leadership role

J.W. Walsh is in another quarterback derby, but this race looks less open. Walsh still doesn’t have the arm strength desired in the Cowboy offense, but his intangibles have grown so much over the last three years, it will be difficult to relegate him to the bench.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 15, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh (4) signs autographs for fans following an Orange Blitz NCAA college spring football practice in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh (4) signs autographs for fans following an Orange Blitz NCAA college spring football practice in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

“In my mind, J.W.’s going to win, because he loves to battle,” said Roland. “He doesn’t want it to just get handed to him.”

Nothing’s been handed to Walsh. He’s 6-2 as the OSU starter but has finished each of the last two seasons watching Chelf run the Cowboy offense.

“He’s the most competitive person on our team,” Roland said. “He’s the same leader that he has been, nothing has changed about that. And he’s improved on his throwing.

“By far, he’s been the most consistent. First one in the weight room, last one to leave. First one to watch film, first one out before practice, last one to leave. I believe he’s going to be the one.”

Walsh is off limits for interviews until sometime in August. But during the spring fan event on April 5, Walsh addressed the crowd.

“This Cowboy team means a lot to me,” Walsh said. “To be able to have that kind of (leadership) role and have that kind of role in our success is something that means a lot to me.

“We haven’t won a Big 12 championship since my freshman (2011) year here, and I think that’s something we need to get back to. I think that’s what a lot of guys feel on the team. We’re definitely working for that and striving for that.”

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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