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Oklahoma State football: Enhanced workload OK with quarterback J.W. Walsh

Since replacing injured Wes Lunt, Walsh working to gain more comfort in offense
by John Helsley Published: September 19, 2012

/articleid/3711190/1/pictures/1836430">Photo - Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh (4) looks to pass 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) looks to pass 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

GILBERT ADJUSTING TO KICKOFFS

Justin Gilbert — the return man — understandably wasn't a fan of the new kickoff rule, which moves the ball up from the 30 to the 35-yard line, when it was instituted during the offseason.

Those feelings haven't changed much through three games.

Gilbert is averaging 29.0 yards on nine returns so far, with many of them being taken out of the end zone. His longest return of 61 yards came against Savannah State.

“There have been a couple times where I've hit a seam, and there's just one guy that if I can make them miss, then we're off to the races,” Gilbert said. “But for the kickoff team, they have more of an advantage (with the new rule).”

Gilbert, who has four career kick return touchdowns, does see one adjustment that he can make, though — bursting more quickly after fielding the ball.

“First couple of games, I've been jogging and waiting on my blocks,” Gilbert said. “But I want to hit the hole a little bit faster, and maybe I can spring out.”

By John Helsley and Gina Mizell

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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