For Walsh to think and operate cleanly, protection and time is necessary.
Pacing and Spacing. The best recipe for Walsh appears to be an offense with the pedal pushed all the way to the floor. Spread the field, get the ball out quick and distribute the ball to playmakers. And do it again. Fast. That makes things easier on Walsh and the line. Hill benefits, too.
Square Peg. Let’s be honest, Walsh isn’t the ideal fit for what OSU wants in its spread. He was recruited on the heels of Zac Robinson, before Brandon Weeden showed us all how the Air Raid operates optimally. Walsh can throw on the run and make plays with his legs, yet doesn’t quite have the gun to sit in the pocket and work the entire field. And that takes some wideouts, which may be OSU’s best weapons, off the board for any given play.
Other Opportunities. Garman and Rudolph have stronger and more accurate arms. What they don’t have is experience. And that unknown, coupled with an opponent like the Seminoles, doesn’t add up to another stealth candidate in the opener. But the weeks that follow, offering Missouri State and UTSA, could serve to quench curiosities about what the Cowboys have in Garman and even Rudolph.
Walsh’s play will ultimately determine who’s behind center in Week 4. And 7. And 10.
It’s his job to lose.
But in some respect, it’s still his job to win.