Oklahoma State football: Has J.W. Walsh brought on a QB derby in Stillwater?

BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh wasn't great on Saturday, but he was good enough to make you wonder if OSU has a quarterback controversy on its hands.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 20, 2012

“A veteran guy in our offense doesn't make the mistakes J.W. made today,” Gundy said. “That's part of the growing pains. He's also made some plays on his own that helped us continue drives.”

So despite what Gundy says, he absolutely has a decision to make. Unless Lunt is hurt much worse than we've been told, it's fish or cut bait time. Go with Lunt or go with Walsh.

Monken said Lunt's return falls on three criteria: 1. His health; 2. OSU skill players available; 3. How Walsh plays.

Makes sense to me. Injuries to Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson have thinned OSU's receiving corps. Can the Cowboys air it out with Lunt if they're patching their passcatchers together?

Clearly, this coaching staff is committed to this offense, which suits Lunt's skill set more. But if Walsh is playing well, and it's this deep into the season, should they switch?

My votes says go with Lunt if he's ready for TCU next Saturday. Otherwise, stick with Walsh.

Walsh has his limitations, maybe starting with his height. He's liberally listed at 6-foot-2. Iowa State tipped a few of Walsh's passes at the line of scrimmage, and Walsh compensated with occasional high throws the rest of the game.

But Walsh made plays. He generally delivered the ball on target, ran for some key yardage and moved the chains.

“I feel much more comfortable,” Walsh said. “It's crazy how much time and the reps you get change everything for your confidence.”

After Kansas, “I wasn't down at all. You can't dwell in the past. Move on.”

Monken said the KU game, in which Walsh threw poorly in rainy weather, was too small a sample size to get too worked up.

“They're both very young,” Gundy said of both quarterbacks. “They're both just starting the learning curve. We would hope that the mistakes that J.W. made today won't be made next week. It's the same thing with Lunt.”

Quarterback derby on.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

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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...
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