Oklahoma State football: J.W. Walsh is one tough dude

So it certainly wasn't a surprise to Walsh when he was a key factor in OSU's 59-21 dismantling of Texas Tech, running and taking hits and showing no signs of pain.
by Gina Mizell Published: November 18, 2012

STILLWATER — One person who didn't believe J.W. Walsh's knee injury sustained on Oct. 20 was a season-ender?

J.W. Walsh.

“No,” the Oklahoma State quarterback said Saturday night. “Never once in my mind was I out (for the season).”

So it certainly wasn't a surprise to Walsh when he was a key factor in OSU's 59-21 dismantling of Texas Tech, running and taking hits and showing no signs of pain.

And giving a glimpse at how the still-to-be-named Walsh package designed for short-yardage and goal-line situations can help the Cowboys as they fight for bowl positioning — and an outside shot at a share of the Big 12 title — in the final two games of the regular season.

“I'm sure, for him, it was good to get going,” offensive coordinator Todd Monken said of Walsh. “And even though he got hit, to be able to bounce up and say, ‘Hey, I'm OK.'”

“OK” in much quicker fashion than expected — playing in a game four weeks after the injury.

Walsh found out the afternoon following OSU's victory over Iowa State that he had played the majority of the contest with a fracture on the side of his knee. The injury wasn't necessarily severe, but Gundy publicly announced it was bad enough to end Walsh's season.

Walsh couldn't think that way.

“I knew it wasn't as bad as what they were saying it was,” Walsh said. “I could just see it, I could feel it. I was just one of those things where it wasn't that bad.”

Since the injury didn't affect tendons or ligaments and didn't require surgery, Walsh's rehab process wasn't extremely complicated. He needed to keep the muscles in his leg strong, but keep the pressure off the knee so the bone could heal. That meant staying on crutches, even around the house.

The worst part for Walsh?

“It didn't hurt,” he said.

Spoken like a dude known for his grit and toughness.

Walsh returned to practice the week of the West Virginia game and was medically available to play in that contest. And Gundy said he knew Walsh could help the Cowboys against Tech when he ran particularly well during Wednesday's practice.

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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